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

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

Stories

Photograph of the courthouse with provost guards (Federal soldiers) and village residents, late summer 1865.

Photograph of the courthouse with provost guards (Federal soldiers) and village residents, late summer 1865.

Library of Congress

Colorful stories naturally emerge from any period in which armies meet and lives are lost. In that way the events that occurred in 1865 in the village and areas surrounding Appomattox Court House, Virginia are not much different. What is unique about many of the stories arising out of the early days of April 1865 in Appomattox are the lives that were saved and the new beginnings that were generated here in the days-- and years--after the historical surrender.

Appomattox Court House NHP is a repository for many of these stories, some well known and many which might never otherwise have found a public audience. At the park you will have access to many of these stories through the Wall of Honor, our Living History program and other collections within the museum and the authentic village structures open for visitors to discover.

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.