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 end of the nation's largest war. Two important questions about its future were answered. Could the nation survive a civil war intact, and would that nation exist without slavery? The answer to both was yes and a new nation was born.
Beginning Peace and Reunion
The Appomattox Campaign
Gen. Lee's decision to surrender was the product of eight day campaign that ended at Appomattox Court House.
Cornered by Federal forces, General R. E. Lee faced the decision to surrender his army and consider the terms that Grant offered.
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?
The History Trail is 4.5 miles long with various starting points and runs through numerous historical sites.
The story about parole passes, pictures of passes and an alphabetical list of the names of soldiers who were issued passes are posted.
Follow this link to find podcasts about Appomattox Court House or to connect to the park's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Last updated: April 23, 2019