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006-0033 Appomattox Court House National Historic Park

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 07/06/1971

NRHP Listing Date 10/15/1966

NPS property number 66000827

At this remote settlement, after four years of bloodshed, heroism, and extraordinary military ingenuity, Gen. Robert E. Lee, his retreat blocked, surrendered his army to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on Palm Sunday, 1865. Lee’s capitulation in effect ended the Civil War. The two commanders met in the home of Wilmer McLean where Lee accepted Grant’s generous surrender terms. After the surrender and the removal of the county seat, the village almost vanished. The courthouse was destroyed, and the McLean house was taken down for exhibition at a world’s fair. The village has since been restored as a historic shrine by the National Park Service and important lost buildings were reconstructed. The complex, including some 900 acres of battlefield, is now maintained as a memorial to the moment that reunited the nation.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018