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 effective end of the nation's largest war. Questions remained: could the nation reunite as one? How would emancipation be realized?

Aerial view of the village, Appomattox Court House
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John Peck, USCT
Names of soldiers who were USCT members

Alphabetical listing of the names of soldiers who were members of the United States Colored Troops.

Black smartphone frame around the two story brick McLean House with deep blue clouds and a rainbow.
Virtual Park Experience

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Printing press similar to the one used for parole passes for Confederates at Appomattox CH
Appomattox Parole List

The soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia were issued parole passes for safe passage home, free food and free transportation.

Blooming tree with an historic building in the background.
Special Events in the Park

Special events occur throughout the year and are listed on this page

Green holiday wreath with small, blue, juniper berries against bright white wooded siding
Visiting Hours and Seasons

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Painting of Civil Soldiers charging each other
Appomattox Campaign

Gen. Lee's decision to surrender was the product of eight day campaign that ended at Appomattox Court House.

A leather chair pulled up to a wooden table with documents spread out on top.
To Surrender

Cornered by Federal forces, General R. E. Lee faced the decision to surrender his army and consider the terms that Grant offered.

East side of McLean House with both front porches and ice house at sunset
The McLean House - the meeting site

Why was the McLean House chosen for the famous meeting and what has happened to the house since 1865?

Last updated: February 17, 2024

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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
P.O. Box 218

Appomattox, VA 24522


434 352-8987

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