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Week of April 8, 2002


137th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War!!!
On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.


"With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration of myself, I bid you all an affectionate farewell." -- Last sentence of Robert E. Lee's "Farewell to the Army of Northern Virginia" on April 10, 1865. The previous day, Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

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Robert E. and Ulysses sit on the steps of the McLean House in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, and reminisce about the Confederate surrender on April 9, 1865.

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Question:
What was the name of the house where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant?


The surrender took place in this front parlor

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Did you know approximately 26,765 Confederate soldiers surrendered in Appomattox Court House?

Yes. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee met with Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant to discuss the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. They met in the McLean House in Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Ulysses accepted the surrender of approximately 26,765 Confederate troops. This ended the American Civil War. Within three months, the remaining Confederate forces surrendered.

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My hero is Robert E. Lee. He is the greatest Civil War General, and he is related to me. He commanded the Southern Armies in the Civil War. He freed his slaves before the Civil War started because he thought slavery was wrong. He chose to fight for the Confederate Army because he did not want to fight against his home state, Virginia. My hero is R. E. Lee.

My hero is Ulysses S. Grant. He was decent and moral. He had courage. He saved the Union. He was also a nice man.

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Question:
Is Appomattox Court House a city or a court house? (Jackson, age 12)

Answer:
Appomattox Court House is the name of the town where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant. It is located in Virginia. This town was originally named Clover Hill. In 1845, Appomattox County was formed, and Clover Hill was the county seat. At this time in Virginia, it was customary to name the county seat as the name of the county followed by "Court House." Because the county was Appomattox, the county seat was renamed Appomattox Court House.

To confuse the matter, there is a courthouse in Appomattox Court House. It is called the Appomattox Courthouse (as opposed to Appomattox Court House, the town). Today, the courthouse is the Visitor Center for Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Did you know the surrender of the Confederate Army occurred at the McLean House in Appomattox Court House (the town)? It did not occur at the actual courthouse building.


The courthouse in Appomattox Court House, Virginia

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Question:
What was the name of the house where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant?

Answer:
The McLean House.
The McLean House was owned by Wilmer McLean. Did you know it has been said the Civil War began in Wilmer McLean's back yard and ended in his front parlor? Yes, at the beginning of the Civil War, McLean lived in Manassas, Virginia. The Battle of Bull Run, in July, 1861, was the first major battle of the Civil War, and part of this battle was fought on McLean's property. McLean moved to Appomattox Court House to get away from the fighting. Then in April, 1865, the armies met in Appomattox Court House, and the Confederate Army surrendered in McLean's front parlor.

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