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East Coast Road Trip 2018 - Day #1 - Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Several months ago when W- asked me to be his plus one for a friend’s wedding in Maryland, we started dreaming up a road trip vacation we could take instead of just flying in and out for the weekend.  311 more words


Coincidences Are Spiritual Puns – Part Three

Wilmer McLean (1814 – 1882)

If you are looking for someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time twice, then Wilmer McLean, a wholesale grocer and plantation owner from Virginia, would feature high up on your list. 537 more words


This day in history -- April 9, 1865 - Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomattox Court House

On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his approximately 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the front parlor of Wilmer McLean’s home in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the Civil War. 254 more words

The Civil War Begins and Ends With One Person

His name was Wilmer McLean and he lived in Manassas, Virginia.  In 1861, in what was one of the first battles of the war, McLean’s house was hit by Union cannon fire.   130 more words

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"Cheering, shouting and rejoicing" - A Pennsylvanian's experience at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865

The delicious smell of boiling coffee greeted Sergeant Henry Keiser as he stirred on the warm spring morning of April 9, 1865. As he helped roust the boys of Company H, 95th Pennsylvania Infantry from their makeshift beds, the sound of artillery boomed ominously in the distance. 802 more words


Appomattox Court House, where the Nation Reunited

Strangely enough, “Appomattox Court House” is the name of the town itself, not the courthouse.

And the slogan above is on a billboard entering the county… I suppose it has much to do with reuniting, as surrender has to do with love (as many a love song uses the word). 121 more words

2016-2017, Cross-country

General Collectors - Senior Military Officers Acting as Relic Hunters

In researching some of my ancestors’ service in the Union Army, my great, great, great grandfather in particular, I discovered an unrelated story about three artifacts that were “purchased” from their owner having considerable significance in American history. 479 more words

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