Tag Archives: Appomattox

“Do you want me to sign this thing or not?”

In the summer of 2011, I attended a writers’ retreat in the woods of central Vermont at Goddard College, where I had once upon a time earned my M.F.A. The retreat was held each year for alums of the program … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Appomattox, Virginia

For an ending to happen, there has to be a beginning. But sometimes the opening moments get over shadowed by the concluding act. That’s certainly what happens with the history surrounding Appomattox Court House, Virginia. It’s famous as the setting … Continue reading

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Picturing Union Victory – Early Images of the Surrender at Appomattox

Here’s a familiar story: On April 9, 1865, generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee met in Wilmer McLean’s parlor at Appomattox Courthouse to sign the documents that would dictate the surrender of the most important national institution in … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Touring Appomattox (Virtually)

Yesterday, I was lamenting on Twitter that I should not go to Appomattox. It had been in the back of my mind that, if I could manage it with my work schedule, an impromptu afternoon drive there would be appropriate … Continue reading

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Ending the War, More or Less

April 9, 1865, is the day that most people think the American Civil War came to an end. General Robert E. Lee realized his gallant Army of Northern Virginia was simply too beaten up to continue its fight for Confederate … Continue reading

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Fighting Rebels and Fighting Fires: The Life of George F. Griffin (Part 1/2)

Sometime around midnight of April 19, 1880, a defective range stove started a fire on the first floor of No. 18, Travers Street, in Boston, Massachusetts. A passing patrolman in the police department saw the flames and raced to a … Continue reading

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Of Dawn & Dusk, Beginnings & Endings

Wait for it. Dawn creeps along the horizon. The coming day is foretold with growing light, long before the sun’s disk crests the horizon. Like a saga of history – an event long looming on time’s horizon, then bursting suddenly … Continue reading

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Preservation News: Celebrating Saved Land At Appomattox

News from American Battlefield Trust… Dramatic scenes of the final fighting between Robert E. Lee’s and Ulysses S. Grant’s men are being preserved for posterity by the American Battlefield Trust. Working over several years, the nation’s top historic land-preservation nonprofit … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Appomattox

First Lieutenant Robert Pratt belonged to the 5th Vermont Infantry, a regiment that rightfully claimed credit as the first unit to irreparably break the Confederate lines southwest of Petersburg on April 2, 1865. Pratt played a pivotal role in the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/9-4/15/18

In your opinion, what was the most remarkable thing about the campaign or surrender at Appomattox?

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