Beginning Peace and Reunion
On Palm Sunday (April 9), 1865, Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the Southern States attempt to create a separate nation. It set the stage for the emergence of an expanded and more powerful Federal government. In a sense the struggle over how much power the central government would hold had finally been settled.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
Did You Know?
On April 10, 1865 Generals Lee and Grant met a second time at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. At that second meeting General Lee requested that his men be given evidence that they were paroled prisoners - to protect them from arrest or harassment. 28,231 parole passes were issued to Confederates.