All the grandchildren like their visit to Appomattox. this is the little village where General Ulysses Grant accepted the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. The formal surrender occurred at the Wilmer McLean home, in the parlor. Other Confederate armies remained in the field, but Lee's surrender signaled the end of the Sothern States' attempt to create a separate nation. Three days later the men of the Army of Northern Virginia marched before the Union Army and turned over their flags, stacked their weapons and began the journey back to their homes. Each and every Confederate Soldier was given a Parole Pass, which was printed over a two day period in the local Clover Hill Tavern. Printers worked in relays to print more than 30,000 parole forms by April 11! The passes or paroles were required for the soldiers to go back to their homes.