One of our final stops in Virginia was Appomattox. Here, the Civil War formally ended. This place is beautiful and authentic, allowing visitors to get a clear glimpse of the profound events which took place here.
This is the McLean House, where General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant met to determine the terms of surrender.
The historical meeting occurred in the parlor of the McLean house, with Robert E. Lee at the desk below:
and Ulysses S. Grant sat at this desk:
One of the terms of Lee’s surrender was to provide assistance for the Confederate soldiers returning to their homes. A printing press, such as the one below, was set up in the tavern. For each Confederate soldier, a parole slip was printed, and with that slip of paper, Confederate soldiers were able to return to their homes unmolested.
Below are some recovered parole slips:
This cannon at Appomattox is the site of the last “official” shot of the Civil War:
Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain received the Confederate surrender of arms. In a poignant display, Chamberlain and his troops saluted the Confederate soldiers as the filed past on the land below.