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“Unchanged countryside”

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Unchanged countryside”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

After the Civil War, the railroad moved several miles south and by-passed Appomattox. As result, this little hamlet probably looks exactly like it did when the Lee surrendered to Grant.

About a mile up the road, there are several graves of men who died on the last day of the war. Imagine how heart-breaking.

This is very sacred ground. Both sides must have been so happy that the carnage was over.

Visited November 2013
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Hampton, Virginia, USA
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“A visit to the village which ended the Civil War in Virginia”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Appomattox Court House was a sleepy village -- the county seat of a very rural county, but not far from a major turnpike (the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road) and a major railroad. The railroad and turnpike led westward from Petersburg to Lynchburg. Lee's army retreated in this direction in early April 1865 when Petersburg fell to Grant's army. At Appomattox, a little over a week since his retreat, Lee found he was nearly surrounded and the game was up. On the 9th he attempted to dislodge what he believed was only Federal cavalry, but he soon learned that the bulk of Grant's army was behind that cavalry. Lee reluctantly sent a note to Grant that he was seeking the terms of surrender.
Wilmer McLean had lived near the battlefield at 1st Manassas (1st Bull Run) in July 1861 and ironically the Civil War in Va. ended in his front parlor on April 9, 1865. The original house has been rebuilt, as has the court house which burned in the 1890's. There are a few original buildings, but surprisingly a number of the original buildings can only be viewed from the outside. Still, it gives you an idea of what a rural village in Va. looked like.
Grant's terms very generous indeed, and a grateful Lee met with Grant the next day, April 10, 1865. Lee was not present for the surrender of his army near the village. This is movingly written about in Joshua L. Chamberlain's memoirs.
Besides the village, there is a Confederate cemetery, Lee's & Grant's HQ are marked, as is the area where the brief fighting on April 9, 1865 occurred.
This is an entrance fee of $3.00 per person or $5.00 per car.
The visitor center has interesting displays and some artifacts; there is also a nice bookstore/gift shop.
A must for any Civil War buff or history buff.

Visited October 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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89 reviews
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“Gorgeous scenery”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

GPS brought us a very round-about way to Appomattox Court House. It enabled us to see some of the nicest views of the rolling hills of Virginia that we would have missed on the highway, but there were no services along the back-country roads. Thus our disappointment when we arrived at the park to find there are no snacks available. It was a very cold, windy day and we were unable to enjoy walking through the park, so I'm sure our discomfort is the reason I would only rate Appomattox Court House "average". The unheated buildings were very cold, and the museum was so dark we could barely see the exhibits. The films were informative, but very old. I hope the National Park Service is able to update this important part of American history. Appomattox Court House has a great story to tell. Admission is free if you have a National Park senior pass.

Visited October 2013
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Bethany Beach, DE
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“Peaceful -- Beautiful -- Loved it !”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Been here many years ago & was thrilled to return -- we forgot how peaceful it was to walk on those hallowed grounds. So worth the visit even if you don't love history....it's just a beautiful place & well kept. It's amazing to experience the same grounds where Robert E. Lee walked -- we could just imagine Grant & Lee riding their horses up to the McLean House. Don't miss it -- it's a national treasure to visit !

Visited October 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Out of the way but still a mandatory stop for all Civil War bluffs”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

Appomatox Court House National Historic Park is bit out of your way but this was where the Civil War basically ended when Lee surrendered to Grant. Many of the buildings has been reconstructed or rebuild but what you get is a pretty good understanding of what the place looked like when the two leaders of the armies met and set up conditions that will end the Civil War. I enjoyed touring the McLean House where the surrender took place. Obviously the real furniture of the room are long gone but the Park Service set it up pretty close to the original as possible. The rangers there proves to be friendly, helpful and quite informative. The museum at the Courthouse where the Visitor Center is located, turned out to be quite interesting. Gift store appears to be bit small on the other hand.

Visited September 2013
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