Apr 9, 2009

Lee Surrenders at Appomattox Court House, Virginia

(LoC) - "It would be useless and therefore cruel," Robert E. Lee remarked on the morning of April 9, 1865, "to provoke the further effusion of blood, and I have arranged to meet with General Grant with a view to surrender."
The two generals met shortly after noon on April 9, 1865, at the home of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces, hastened the conclusion of the Civil War. Continued

Photos: Caption from negative sleeve: Petersburg, Va., April 3, 1865, Dead Confederate soldier in trench. Roche, Thomas C., Library of Congress.