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

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

History & Culture

The Surrender by Keith Rocco

Keith Rocco painting, The Surrender

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The Beginning of the End

The stories of Appomattox Court House go far beyond the final significant battles of this Nation's bloody Civil War. In addition to the surrender meeting between Generals Lee and Grant these stories from Appomattox show the far reaching effects of the war and its ending on so many different people.

Did You Know?

Revelutionary War hero Light Horse Harry Lee (left) Civil War General Robert Edward Lee (right)

Robert E. Lee's father, "Light Horse Harry" Lee, present at the surrender at Yorktown in 1781, wrote that General Cornwallis had shirked his responsibility by sending junior officers to meet with General Washington. Lee chose to meet personally with Grant at Appomattox.