Appomattox in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Peace • War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 22.644′ N, 78° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 National Park Dr, Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. 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); April 1865 (about 500 feet away); County Jail (about 500 feet away); Tibbs Lane (about 600 feet away); Gordon’s Attack April 9, 1865 (about 600 feet away); The Surrender Ceremony (approx. 0.2 miles away); Last Artillery Shots (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appomattox.
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.)
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.
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