Beginning Peace and Reunion

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the nation's largest war. Two important questions about its future were answered. Could the nation survive a civil war intact, and would that nation exist without slavery? The answer to both was yes and a new nation was born.


Soldiers fought and died just days, even in the hours leading up to Lee's surrendered.

The Appomattox Campaign

Why did General Lee surrender at Appomattox? What events over the 8 days prior led to the fall of the once powerful army?

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Lee and  Grant shake hands in the parlor of the McLean House (painting by Keith Rocco)

The Surrender Meeting

There could be no treaty, instead an exchanging of letters and ideas. General Lee wanted what was best for his men, and so did Grant.

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The reconstructed McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House

McLean House (surrender site)

The house provided a well furnished parlor ideal for the generals to meet and to begin ending America's largest war.

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McLean House

150th Anniversary at Appomattox

Find out more about the 150th anniversary events happening at the park from April 8-12, 2015.

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