DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

Map of the village of Appomattox, VA

The old courthouse, now the Visitors Center

This is the infamous painting of the meeting and surrender of the...

One of General Lee's staff rode toward General Grants line waving this...

The Wilmer McLean Home, where the signings of the surrender documents took...

About the McLean home

the parlor on the left side of the second floor

General Lee on the left and General Grant on the right

Clover Hill Tavern where the printing press was setup for parole passes...

The volunteer shows how the press worked, then she prints a sheet...

A short distance from the village itself is where General Lees headquarters...

Brent wants to share his unique find, not many people take the...

The plaque marking the spot

The next two picture show the same scene, then and now

Now, the road leading to the town of Appomattox


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.

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