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Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wartime Landscape

 
 
Wartime Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. Wartime Landscape Marker
Inscription. The road trace in front of you is the remnant of the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road – on April 9, 1865, the most important road in Virginia to Robert E. Lee. Along this road he planned to escape west, hoping eventually to turn south and join Joe Johnston’s army in North Carolina. When the Federals blocked this route, Lee had no choice but to surrender.

To your right is the village of Appomattox Court House, looking much as it did when Grant arrived here the afternoon of April 9. He met her briefly with Generals Sheridan and Ord.

“Is General Lee up there?” Grant asked Sheridan. “He himself is over in that house,” Sheridan replied. “Come, let us go over.” With that simple declaration, Grant started along this road to one of the most important meetings in American history. Three hours later he would return along this route bearing news of Lee’s surrender.
 
Erected by Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 22.583′ N, 78° 48.141′ W. Marker is in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker can be reached from Old Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 24), on the right when traveling west. Click for map.
Marker with the village of Appomattox Court House in background image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. Marker with the village of Appomattox Court House in background
Marker is in Appomattox Court House National Historical Park behind the Confederate Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Appomattox (within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Appomattox Court House Confederate Cemetery (about 300 feet away); A Strategic Delay (about 300 feet away); Sears Lane (about 400 feet away); Raine Memorial (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named North Carolina (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photograph of the area with the caption This photograph dates to the 1890s, when the wartime landscape had changed little. The perspective of the photo matches the view you have today. The Stage Road is at left.

The bottom right of the marker features a photo of Gen. Grant and his mount, with the caption Grant as he appeared in the last year of the war. Here he stands with his horse Cincinnati – the mount he rode into the village to meet Lee on April 9.
 
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Wartime Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
3. Wartime Landscape Marker
 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
4. Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road
This is the road that Gen. Lee had hoped to use as an escape route, and the one that Grant used to reach the surrender ceremony.
Village of Appomattox Court House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
5. Village of Appomattox Court House
The court house is located in the center of the village. It now serves as the Visitors Center of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.
Stage Road and Appomattox Village image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
6. Stage Road and Appomattox Village
Looking past the marker location along the trace of the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road toward the historic village of Appomattox.
Gen. Grant and Cincinnati image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
7. Gen. Grant and Cincinnati
Detail of the photograph of Gen. Grant on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,150 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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