Today in 1865 at the
Appomattox Court House Virginia
General Robert E. Lee Surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant
On the evening of April the 8th, 1865 General Robert E. Lee and the remnants of his once-proud Army of Northern Virginia arrived in Appomattox County one step ahead of the pursuing Federal Army. Lee's hope was to reach Appomattox Station on the South Side Railroad where supply trains awaited. It wouldn't wind up that way, as we know.
As the National Park System puts it:
'via Blog this'
There is a lot of great info at the Appomatox National Park site:
For instance you can view or even print in PDF format the teacher's packet: http://www.nps.gov/apco/forteachers/teacher-packet-outline.htm
Don't forget to scroll down and check out the stories about:
The Surrender Meeting
The McClean House (the surrender site)
The Appomattox Campaign
plus the interesting pic and description of the "parole passes" given to Confederates.
Then you can:
Use the Photo Gallery to take a pictorial visit of the buildings that make up the historic village of Appomattox Court House today. See how they look now, and see how some of them looked in 1865. http://www.nps.gov/apco/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm
Top it all off with the next best thing to going there yourself (Unless you are blessed to be able to take a field trip there :) )
Teachers don't forget to check out the Teachers page for even more resources:
Teachers may request to borrow a copy of the park's two orientation videos, "Honor Answers Honor" and "The Appomattox Campaign" available on DVD.