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Nation Grief-Stricken; Lee: Don't Turn to Guerrilla Warfare

April 17, 1865/2015

Volume 6, Issue 16 (236 Issues Since 15 October 2010)

Civil War Book of Days Concludes

This is the last issue of the… 1,091 more words

Abraham Lincoln

Appomattox April 10

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in Virginia covers 1700 acres, but the part with the tourist attractions is a much more manageable area.  What was once the village of Appomattox Court House is about one square mile and contains a dozen historic buildings, open to view.   511 more words


Exaggerated Praise (April 12, 1865)

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the official surrender ceremony for the Army of Northern Virginia. Brig. Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. After George Gordon Meade’s letter from April 12, I will include Chamberlain’s account of the surrender ceremony. 2,000 more words

Thoughts on Appomattox (part four)

The doors of Wilmer McLean’s house stand wide open–front and back–and a bevy of Parks Service volunteers stand ready to funnel the throng through. A Park Service ranger stands in the hallway to ensure no one enacts any mischief in the home as they breeze through. 721 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

Thoughts on Appomattox (part three)

One of the dearly held tenets of the Lost Cause is that Southerners didn’t lose because they were outfought. Rather, Ulysses S. Grant only won because he had more soldiers and so overwhelmed the Confederates. 170 more words


Thoughts on Appomattox (part two)

“It’s a sad day in Civil War history,” my friend Frank said to me yesterday. It was April 9.

“Depends on whose side you were on,” I said with the hint of a chuckle—but Frank looked like he was ready to go to a funeral. 452 more words


Thoughts on Appomattox (part one)

One of the images that hangs high over Ulysses S. Grant’s sepulcher is an image of a handshake. It’s an idealized painting of Grant and Lee at Appomattox, sealing their deal. 182 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places