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

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

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  • The McLean House front porch is closed, but the house remains open.

    The front porch of the McLean House is being renovated requiring entry into the house through the back door.

Monthly Historical Articles

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Nation's greatest conflict, Appomattox Court House NHP is submitting monthly articles to chronicle this epic struggle. These articles profile what was happening nationally each month, but the purpose is to show how the County of Appomattox and the surrounding area known as Southside Virginia reacted to the national drama as it unfolded. Southside Virginia is considered to be the area of Virginia south of the James River, from Lynchburg to Richmond, down to the North Carolina state line. These articles began in November 2010, the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency, and will run through the Summer of 2015. Click the months below to see the articles.


November 1860
December 1860

January 1861

February 1861
March 1861
April 1861
May 1861
June 1861
July 1861

August 1861

September 1861

October 1861

November 1861

December 1861

January 1862
February 1862

March 1862



Did You Know?

Field's uniform coat (left) James Field (right) ca. 1880, when he was President of the Virginia Baptist Convention *image courtesy VBHS

Major James Field, of A.P. Hill's staff, surrendered at Appomattox. Field served in the Mexican War, helped to write the 1st Constitution for the State of California and ran for Vice President of the United States in 1892. (Field's Confederate frock coat is at Appomattox Court House NHP)