• The village of Appomattox Court House from the west, the McLean House is on the right.

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

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  • The McLean House front porch is closed, but the house remains open.

    The front porch of the McLean House is being renovated requiring entry into the house through the back door.

150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Eastern National's (park bookstore) Official logo of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

Eastern National's (park bookstore) logo of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

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Those interested in visiting Appomattox for the 150th Anniversary should know that there will many programs in the park, at the Museum of the Confederacy - Appomattox, and a large scale reenactment (sponsored by the Appomattox County Historical Society) at the Industrial Park located 2 miles north of Appomattox along Highway 26. The collective Appomattox events will begin April 8 (anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Station) and run through the afternoon of April 12 (anniversary of the Stacking of Arms). Nearby accommodations can be found in Appomattox, Lynchburg, and Farmville, Virginia. There will be a press release in April (2014) that will provide more detail of the programs offered, special guest speakers, etc.

Click here to get more information on "Civil War Conversations," a series of free lunchtime talks presented by The Museum of the Confederacy and Appomattox Court House NHP.

There are many opinions about when the Civil War began. Some point to the firing on Ft. Sumter, South Carolina on April 12, 1861, or to the first major land battle at Manasas, Virginia on July 21, 1861. Others feel that the Civil War was foretold when John Brown and his followers raided Harper's Ferry, Virginia on October 16, 1859. Politically though, many agree that the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860 sealed the nation's fate toward war.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Nation's greatest conflict, Appomattox Court House NHP will be submitting monthly articles to chronicle this epic struggle. Read these history-packed articles and follow the war month-to-month.

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is being celebrated by issuing Civil War commemorative trading cards. There are 189 trading cards available at National Parks throughout the Northeast and National Capitol Regions. These cards are intended to encourage participants to think about the significance of the historic civil war sites visited. Click here to see the trading cards being issued by the Appomattox Court House National Park.

 
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The National Park Service website commemorates a defining event in our nation's history and its legacy in the continuing fight for civil rights. The issues at the heart of the Civil War remain relevant today: equality for all Americans, the appropriate reach of the federal government, and the effort to reconcile differing cultural values under a single national flag.

 
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The goal of the State of Virginia's sesquicentennial commemoration website is to better understand our past by examining many facets of the Civil War from many perspectives: Union, Confederate and African-American; battlefront as well as home front; and military tactics as well as cultural and social legacies.

Did You Know?

General Custer Receiving the Flag of Truce

General George Armstrong Custer, of Little Bighorn fame, received the flag of truce at Appomattox Court House that brought about a cessation of hostilities leading to the surrender meeting between Lee and Grant. The Original Truce Flag is exhibited at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.