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

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

Teacher Packet

The elements of this outline correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning for Virginia Studies (4th Grade), United States History I (6th), Virginia and United States History (11th), Math 4, Math 6, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Writing 4th, 6th, and 11th Grades.

I. Introduction

II. Outline (you are here). You may also download a pdf version for easy printing.

III. Anticipatory and Conclusion Activity

IV. The Appomattox Campaign – From Petersburg to Appomattox, March 29-April 9, 1865 (SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7)

A. Autumn 1864

B. February 1865

C. Lee Decides to Leave Petersburg

D. Five Forks

E. Petersburg and Richmond Evacuated, April 2-3

F. Lee’s Plan

G. Amelia Court House – Disappointment – April 4th

H. Jetersville – April 5th

I. Painesville

J. Sailor’s Creek

K. Farmville – April 7th

L. Grant Asks Lee to Surrender – April 7th

M. Lee Moves Further West

N. April 8th – Afternoon and Evening

O. April 9th – Morning

V. Map of Lee’s Retreat (SOLs VS.1i, USI.1f, VUS.1d,g)

VI. The Final Battles – Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 8th and 9th, 1865 (SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7)

A. April 8th – Afternoon

B. April 8th – Evening

C. April 9th – 2:00 AM

D. April 9th – 9:00 AM

E. April 9th – 11:00 AM – Flag of Truce

F. Lee Surrounded

VII. The Gentlemen’s Agreement – Lee’s Surrender (SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7)

A. Lee’s Request to Meet With Grant

B. Lee Rests Under the Apple Tree

C. Marshall Finds a Place for the Meeting

D. The Generals Arrive at the McLean House

E. Lee Asks for the Terms

F. Lee Makes a Request for His Men

G. Grant’s Generosity

H. The Gentlemen’s Agreement

VIII. The End of Hostilities – The Surrenders Following Lee’s Surrender (SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7)

A. Introduction

B. Sherman and Johnston – Bennett Place near Durham Station, NC – April 14th-28th

C. Canby and Taylor – Citronelle, AL – May 4th

D. Jefferson Davis Captured, May 10th

E. Canby and Smith – Palmito Ranch – May 26th

F. Watie and the Cherokee Rifle Brigade – June 23rd

G. CSS Shenandoah Surrenders at Liverpool, England – November 6th

IX. Paroles (SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7)

A. Terms of Surrender

B. Lee and Grant Meet Again on April 10th

C. Printing of the Paroles

X. McLean House (SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7)

A. The Use of the House

B. The Post War Years

XI. Growth and Decline of Appomattox Court House (SOLs VS.1e, USI,1b, VUS.1g,i)

A. History of Founding of Appomattox County

B. Commerce and Society

C. African Americans in Appomattox County

D. Appomattox County Today

XII. Commemoration and Preservation (SOLs VS.1e, USI,1b, VUS.1g,i)

A. Creation of the National Historical Monument, April 10, 1940

B. McLean House Reconstructed

XIII. Documents Related to the Surrender (SOLs VS.1a,7, USI.1a,9, VUS.1a,7)

A. Copy of the Original Draft of the Surrender Terms

B. Transcription of the Surrender Terms

C. Lee’s Acceptance Letter to Grant’s terms with Transcription

D. “General Order #9”

E. Transcription of “General Order #9”

F. Copy of Parole Pass

XIV. Bibliography

XV. Activities and suggested reading

A. Common Soldier Activity
B. A Nation Divided Map Activity
C. Virginia Battles and Lee’s Retreat Map Activity
D. Scavenger Hunt
E. Word Search 1
F. Word Search Advanced
G. Crossword Puzzle
H. My Thoughts Journal Entry Exercise
I. Civil War Glossary
J. Chronology Activity
K. Surrender of Arms Map Activity

SOLs for ACTIVITIES:

Activity A – SOLs Math 4.4, 6.6, A.1, AII.1

Activity B – SOLs VS.1i, USI.1f, VUS.1d,g

Activity C – SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7

Activity D – SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7

Activity E – SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7

Activity F – SOLs VS.1,7, USI.1,9, VUS.1,7

Activities H and I – SOLs Writing 4.7, 4.8, 6.6, 6.7, 11.7, 11.8, 11.9

Activity J – SOLs VS.1f, USI.1c, VUS.1d

Did You Know?

NY Herald, 'last shot' sketch 1865

In the last battle at Appomattox Court House, fought literally hours before Lee and Grant met for the surrender, nearly 700 men became casualties: killed, wounded, or captured.