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

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

Living History Interpreters

Summer 2011 Living History Program is better than ever. Several village residents have been added to the program and are great additions to an already excellent portrayal of the village residents in 1865. Below are the current village interpreters.
 
Dr. William D. Christian

Dr. William D. Christian

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Dr. William Christian currently lives six miles north of the village at his family farm named 'Mountain View.' He sees to the medical needs of the people in Appomattox County.

 
Sarah Duguid

Sarah Duguid

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Sara Duguid was born a slave about 1837. She was freed during the war and lives with her husband Charles Duguid, owner of a blacksmith shop across and down the road from the McLean House.

 
Thomas Tibbs

Thomas Tibbs

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Thomas Tibbs served in the Army of Northern Virginia, was involved in the stacking of arms ceremony, and received his parole pass. Since the surrender, Tibbs can often be found in the village, which is literally next door to his family's farm.

 
William Hubbard

William Hubbard

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William Hubbard served in the confederate Army of Northern Virginia at Manassas. He was captured at Gettysburg and imprisoned at Point Lookout, he was part of a prisoner exchange in February 1865. Hubbard participated in Lee's retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox. After the surrender, he returned home to work on his father's farm

 
Andrew Frakes

Pvt. Andrew Frakes

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Andrew Frakes is a Federal soldier assigned to the Pennsylvania Infantry, serving as part of the Federal provost guard stationed at Appomattox Court House after the war. Now they want to go home, but remain on duty providing law and order until government is re-established.

 
George Peers

George Peers

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George Peers is currently serving as County Clerk and was in that position at the time of the surrender. The last Confederate artillery shots were fired from his front yard and a cannon remains there still.

 
Maria Meeks

Maria Meeks

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Maria Meeks, wife of Francis Meeks, owns the Meeks General Store and runs the Post Office. Their son Layafette served in the Confererate army, but died of disease six months into the war.

 
Edward Hix

Edward Hix

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Edward Hix is the middle son of the Clover Hill Tavern owner, Wilson Hix. Edward is an avid banjo player and an admirer and former apprentice of the Sweeney brothers. In 1864 he joined the 3rd Virginia Reserves or the Appomattox Reserves at age 15. He was paroled with Lee's army.

Did You Know?

Lt. Colonel Charles Marshall (left), Chief Justice John Marshall (right)

Colonel Charles Marshall, Lee's aide-de-camp, was the great-nephew of Chief Justice John Marshall. Charles Marshall chose the site of the surrender meeting and was the only Confederate present in the McLean House besides General Lee.