Where Our Nation Reunited? Appomattox Court House

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Where Our Nation Reunited?

Appomattox Court House

& the End of

the American Civil War


Surrender at Appomattox by Keith Rocco (Appomattox Court House National Historical Park)

On April 9, 1865 in the parlor of the McLean House in the small rural Virginia county seat village of Appomattox Court House, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to United States General Ulysses S. Grant. Although technically a battlefield surrender, this event came to be seen as the end of the Civil War that had ravaged America for four years when Generals Lee and Grant met in the McLean’s parlor. Today almost any history textbook will tell you that the Civil War ended at Appomattox Court House. Did it? Why is Appomattox Court House known as the place “where our nation reunited?”

About This Lesson
Getting Started: Inquiry Question

Setting the Stage: Historical Context

Locating the Site: The Roads to Appomattox Court House
Determining the Facts: Readings

1. Lee’s Retreat

2. The Gentlemen’s Agreement

3. The Beginning of the End

Visual Evidence: Images
Putting it All Together: Activities

  1. Making History

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This lesson is based on Appomattox Court House, one of the thousands of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.



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