Well, as usual, my memories of US history have some pretty big gaps. Must be the filing system. I remember Appomattox. I remember that’s where Lee surrendered to Grant. I didn’t know there was a Court House involved. Also, I didn’t know that the Court House didn’t really refer to the Court House, but to the name of a village called “Appomattox Court House”, named before the Court House was even built. (Who would do that?) I also thought there was a battle. There really wasn’t, just the threat of one that Lee knew he couldn’t win. It wasn’t the end of the war, but it was precursor to the end.
We met some people from (I-don't-remember-where-but-George-would) in the parking lot, and compared notes about travelling for awhile. Eventually we went up to the Visitors Center together, which was actually the Court House (see previous paragraph.) Upstairs we watched a movie, then wandered around the exhibits. I didn’t pay as much attention to the museum exhibits as usual because we were still conversing with the folks from the parking lot. Sometimes you have to make a choice between friendship and information.
After George got his passport stamp, he and the volunteer got to talking about where we’d been. She asked if he had many of the commemorative trading cards. This is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, so all the national battlefields and parks related to the War Between the States were supposed to hand out these informational cards to anyone who got a passport stamp. This was the first we’d heard of it. And, although George was a little annoyed about the ones he’d missed, we are NOT going back!
Outside, we wandered through the reconstructed village.
We went over to the McLean house where Generals Grant & Lee met to sign the surrender.
Grant didn't capture the confederate troops but paroled them to return home. They printed 30,000 parole forms in 2 days! The next morning 5,000 Federal troops lined the state road to receive the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia as they stacked their arms. The ceremony was described as "Honor answering honor." Pretty cool, huh?