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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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

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.

Image of wheeled leather chair in front of a wooden table with documents spread out on top.
The Surrender Meeting

Cornered by Federal forces, General R. E. Lee faced the decision to surrender his forces.

East side of McLean House with both front porches and ice house at sunset
The McLean House

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

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.

John Peck, USCT
United States Colored Troops

More than 5,000 soldiers, participated in the Battle of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

Last updated: March 21, 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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