Appomattox Court House

At 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning, August 25, I pulled our Ram truck into the Mt. Airy Dodge Ram dealer. They were so accommodating to fit me in first thing in the morning to look at our flat left rear inner tire. It turned out to be a simple fix. I had run over a nail which had become imbedded in the tire. About 45 minutes and $38.00 later, I was on the way back to Mayberry Campground where Cindy was waiting. We drove approximately 180 miles to the Lynchburg NW/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA. It was Beatitude II’’s first real experience with mountains and she did well. Actually, it was our RAM that did well. She maintained and increased speed easily on the steepest grades on I-77 and I-81. We also handled the winding road with hairpin turns over the last 15 miles to our campground, which is about as isolated as can be in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There was no cell service and minimal, extremely slow wifi which was satellite-based.

In our Mayberry shirts, ready to leave Mt. Airy.

Our very nice site at the Lynchburg NW/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA

After setting up at on our roomy, wooded site we made the fifty-minute drive eastward to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park., where on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all the United States Forces. We were thrilled to stand in the parlor of the reconstructed McLean House where the conditions of surrender were negotiated and signed. The terms of surrender were generous: All confederate soldiers could return home with their sidearms and their horses. After wandering through the old town of Appomattox Court House , we stopped at a few other nearby sites on the way home.

The town of Appomattox Courthouse, a place of monumental significance.

This gentleman told us the story of Appomattox and the days leading up to the surrender from the standpoint of a confederate soldier whose farm was nearby.

Cindy stands on the front porch of the Clover Hill Tavern (Appomattox Courthouse was formerly known as Clover Hill)

A certificate of parole giving the confederate soldier safe passage to his home. Many lived in far away states and would have to travel through Union lines to make it home. This parole paper gave them passage and provisions when presented to Union troops.

Two printing presses on which thousands of parole certificates were printed for confederate soldiers.

The McLean House in the background

Standing on the porch of the historic McLean House

One of the rooms in the McLean House

The Parlor where the surrender was finalized. Lee sat at the desk to the left, while Grant sat at the desk to the right.

The Appomattox Courthouse

One of the fields of battle around Appomattox Courthouse

A nearby Confederate Cemetery which contains the bodies of 18 Confederate soldiers and one Union soldier

This unfortunate Confederate soldier from Alabama enlisted three days after Fort Sumter and lasted through the entire war until Appomattox. He died in the final 24 hours of conflict.

The Richmond-Lynchburg road, upon which Lee carried out his retreat westward hoping to be able to turn south to reunite with additional Confederate forces. This road ran through Appomattox.

The battlefield upon which the nail was placed in the Confederate coffin.

An excellent graphic showing how Grant continued to deny Lee his turn southward until finally he was forced to surrender at Appomattox Court House.

On Friday evening, we grilled salmon and had a lovely dinner outside. The weather is so nice! The heat and humidity disappeared from the air once we hit Mt. Airy, NC. And finally, it was cool enough in the evening to have a campfire. We sat around the fire in our beach chairs (we couldn’t throw them away!) until well after dark, relaxing, sipping wine, and singing songs.

Dinner Al Fresco

Sitting by our campfire.

The mesmerizing fire at our campsite.

9 thoughts on “Appomattox Court House

  1. Very interesting! It’s cool how much history you are getting to see on your travels! Thanks for sharing! Thankful your tire was not a big issue! Keep the blogs coming

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