Surrender At Appomattox by bmac62 ()
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Visiting the McLean House at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in April, I found the old painting on the left and the restored room on the right with both the tables used by General Grant and General Lee for writing and signing the Civil War surrender documents on April 9, 1865.
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Thanks, Bill. Glad to see the old painting and the restored place. And, yes, I've heard the story about Grant borrowing a coat to meet Lee. Interesting, they knew each other from West Point. So sad they wound up fighting each other. Keep up the good work! More photos from inside? :-)
Relief? I believe so! A myriad of other strong emotion and clear memory of Antietam, Gettysburg..other battles certainly tempered the moments. We have been to those places and to Appomattox. All is quite moving. You have done quite well with the combination of images. Appreciated work, thanks.
Just for the record, these two tables are exact replicas of the original tables. After the documents were signed, General George Custer took General Grant's table as a souvenir and sent it home to his wife Libby. She eventually donated the table to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. (long after George's death). The table used by General Lee is also there...I just don't know how it got there. For anyone who doesn't know about the Smithsonian, it is called, "the nation's attic". Today there are 17 buildings full of displays of all sorts of things. How about George Washington's wooden false teeth for starters:).
I have been to Appomattox as one of the last things I did in the fall of 1983 after living in Washington, DC near Rock Creek Park and the Old Soldiers and Sailor's home. One thing I noticed was the sign on a bridge as I approached "Lift blade before span." Probably not Civil War; then the Herring Safe in the courthouse which was different than the Herring safe in the building across from my rooming house on Georgia Avenue. The biography I recently read explained Lee's reluctance to call it all off as he rode up and waited outside. I also learned that the top 10 graduates of West Point each year are the "Corps of Engineers" such that Lee was teased about his spade work in the Mexican War earlier.