• 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.

Anticipatory and Conclusion Activity

This activity is designed to help the student focus on the final days of the Civil War. Each student should write 5 things they KNOW about Lee’s Retreat from Petersburg, 5 things they KNOW about the events at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, 5 things they WANT to know or WONDER about concerning the events at Appomattox Court House, and finally at the conclusion of the lesson, 5 things they have LEARNED about the ending of the Civil War.

These are 5 things I KNOW about Lee’s Retreat from Petersburg.

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These are 5 things I KNOW about the events at Appomattox Court House.

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These are 5 things I WANT to know or WONDER concerning the events at Appomattox Court House.

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These are 5 things I have LEARNED about the ending of the Civil War.

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Did You Know?

General Lee leaving the McLean House

As General Lee left the McLean House, according to History of the 198th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, “one of our bands, near by, through the generous impulse of the moment, struck up the appropriate air of Auld Lang Syne.” (Original instrument is exhibited at Appomattox Court House NHP.)