Near Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Message of Peace”
Amidst the small gathering of tents here, General Grant spent his last night in the field. The next day he departed for Washington, D.C., leaving details of the Confederate surrender to a group of military commissioners. The defeat of Lee’s army had required eleven months of constant toil, bloodshed, and death. But the job was done; Grant left Appomattox Court House a national hero.
Erected by Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 37° 22.39′ N, 78° 49.014′ W. Marker is near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is on Virginia Route 24, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, near the western entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Grant’s Pursuit (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Appomattox Station (a few steps from this marker); Education in 1800's Rural Virginia (approx. 0.6 miles away); Raine Cemetery and Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Carolina (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Artillery Position (approx. 0.8 miles away); Walker's Last Stand (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Strategic Delay (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a picture of Grant writing the “Message of Peace” while one staff member looks on and another is summoning a courier.
At the bottom left of the marker is a picture of the message with the caption ‘The “Message of Peace” included no exultation, no gloating. Its straightforward approach typified the manner of its author – the architect of victory – Ulysses S. Grant.’
Also see . . . Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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