Living History Characters

Osceola Mason
Oceola "Ocie" Mason


Osceola (Ocie) Mason is the step-daughter of Wilmer McLean and was in the house when General Lee surrendered to General Grant.

Robert Caldwell
Robert Calswell


Robert Caldwell – son of Thomas Caldwell. Born 1847. Former Confederate soldier. Former student who joined the Liberty Guards of the 46th Virginia Infantry when he was 18 years old. He was wounded at Petersburg. Caldwell was one of nine men left in his company at the time of the surrender.

Capt. Geiser, Provost Guard
Capt. Geiser


Captain James Geiser is the commanding officer of Company D, 188th PA Infantry, currently serving as the Provost Guard for Appomattox County.

Sgt. John Norris
SGT Norris


Sgt Norris serves in Company D, 188th Pennsylvania Infantry. Following General Lee’s surrender his company serves as the Provost Guard for Appomattox County.

Picture of Henry Coleman
Henry Coleman

Henry Coleman – Former Confederate soldier. He is a local farmer who, at age 21 along with his two brothers, joined the Liberty Guards of the 46th Virginia Infantry. Coleman was one of nine men left in his company, Company B, at the surrender.

Mattie Sweeney
Mattie Sweeney


Mattie Sweeney - the daughter of James Bryant, an overseer on the nearby Flood plantation, Martha “Mattie” married Confederate soldier Charles Sweeney in Jan. 1865, and resided less than a mile from the Courthouse. Charles was the nephew of Joel Sweeney who popularized the banjo. Gen. Lee’s headquarters was not far from the Sweeney home, and she witnessed many of the events in that took place in Appomattox in April 1865.

I Edwards
Isaiah Edwards


Isaiah Edwards - A soldier of 188th PA Isaiah has been brought back with his unit acting as Provost Guards. Their job is to provide law and order in the County.

Medical Stewart Bomherst
Hospital Stewart Bomherst


Hospital Steward Herman Bomherst - enlisted in 1862. In 1864 he was promoted as the Hospital Steward of the 188th PA Volunteer Infantry. Herman provides medical care for the soldiers of Company D who are assigned provost guard duty here after the war.

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Emma Hix


Emma Hix - daughter of Clover Hill Tavern owner Wilson Hix. She was living with her father at the time of the surrender and witnessed some of the events during the surrender. The paroles for Lee’s army were printed at the tavern.

Last updated: July 10, 2018

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