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Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
McLean House
 
McLean House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. McLean House Marker
 
Inscription. At midday on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee rode into this yard, dismounted, and disappeared into the McLean House. Grant, surrounded by generals and staff officers, soon followed. Dozens of officers, horses, and onlookers waited outside. After 90 minutes, Lee and Grant emerged. To the silent salutes of Union officers, Lee rode back through the village – to his defeated army.

The home that hosted the surrender meeting was one of the best in Appomattox. Built in 1848, it had since 1862 been owned by businessman Wilmer McLean. The house became a sensation after the surrender. Union officers took some mementos; and in 1893 it was dismantled for display in Washington, D.C. But that display never happened, and the National Park Service reconstructed the building on its original site in the 1940s.
 
Erected by Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 22.644′ N, 78° 47.832′ W. Marker is in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is on Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, just west of the Visitors Center. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
 
The House where Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. The House where Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia
 
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clover Hill Tavern (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Appomattox Court House (about 500 feet away); County Jail (about 500 feet away); The Surrender Ceremony (approx. 0.2 miles away); Last Artillery Shots (approx. 0.2 miles away); Final Combat (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee and Grant Meet (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grant and Lee Meeting (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
 
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker features a picture of Gen. Robert E. Lee leaving the McLean House. This sketch by freelance artist Eustace Collett was made in April 1865. The building at left – no longer standing – was at that time an abandoned tavern.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “The McLean House.” (Submitted on May 3, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Also see . . .
1. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Biography of Wilmer McLean. (Submitted on September 13, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.)
 
Additional comments.
 
Detail of sketch from marker Photo, Click for full size
3. Detail of sketch from marker
 
1. Wilmer McLean
At the beginning of the war, Wilmer McLean lived in Manassas, Va. After the Battle of First Manassas on July 21, 1861, McLean moved his family to Appomattox Court House, where he thought they would be isolated from the fighting. Ironically, four years later his home was selected as the site of the surrender, so a war that began in Wilmer McLean's back yard was ended in his front parlor.
    — Submitted March 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
 
Wilbur McLean's parlor Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
4. Wilbur McLean's parlor
In this parlor, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia from Gen. Robert E. Lee. Gen. Grant sat at this desk during the ceremony.
 
 
Inside McLean House. Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
5. Inside McLean House.
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee signed the surrender documents on this table.
 
 
Gen. Lee's Surrender Uniform & Sword Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 22, 2007
6. Gen. Lee's Surrender Uniform & Sword
When Gen. Robert E. Lee met with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the McLean House on April 9, 1865, he wore "a new uniform" and a "sword of considerable value." This is the actual uniform and sword that Lee wore on that day. They are on display at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.
 
 
Surrender scene at Appomattox Court House Photo, Click for full size
Vintage Postcard; L.M.D. Guillaume Painting at Appomattox Historical Park, circa 1893
7. Surrender scene at Appomattox Court House
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 6,816 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on March 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7. submitted on September 10, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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