Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April 14-- Appomattox

We have parked our home in Louisa Virginia. We plan to stay here several days so we can take some short day trips to various historical places in this vicinity. I am certainly getting a crash course on the civil war! I believe that Virginia can lay claim to having the most battlefields of that time period. Today we learned what all transpired on April 9, 1865 when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. It is now a national state park-- all of the original buildings are still there except the courthouse has been rebuilt, as well as the McLean home where the surrender occurred. It is in a beautiful rural setting with the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains off in the distance. One of the pictures which I have posted here may give you a feel for what the scenery looks like- the other is a replica of the McLean home at its original site.

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