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

After the Surrender

 
 
After the Surrender Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. After the Surrender Marker
Inscription. The depression before you is the trace of the old Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road. Gen. Robert E. Lee rode this route both to and from his meeting with Grant on April 9, 1865. His return to the army – as he passed towards his headquarters atop the ridge in front of you – turned poignant when hundreds of Confederate soldiers surged around him.

“…shouts sank into silence, every hat was raised, and the bronzed faces of the thousands of grim warriors were bathed with tears… [They] pressed around the noble chief, trying to take his hand, touch his person, or even lay a hand upon his horse…

“The general then, with head bare and tears flowing freely down his manly cheeks, bade adieu to the army. In a few words he told the brave men who had been so true in arms to return to their homes and become worthy citizens.”

- Brig. Gen. Armisted L. Long, CSA
 
Erected by Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 22.977′ N, 78° 47.362′ W. Marker is in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is on Old Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 24), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located
Marker with Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road in background image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. Marker with Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road in background
in Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. 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. Popularizer of the Banjo (within shouting distance of this marker); Appomattox River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee's Apple Tree (about 400 feet away); Grant and Lee Meeting (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Salute of Arms” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lee and Grant Meet (approx. 0.3 miles away); Last Artillery Shots (approx. 0.4 miles away); Final Combat (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of Lee on his horse, surrounded by his troops. On the bottom left of the marker is a picture of Union soldiers distributing food to the defeated Confederates. It includes the caption On his return from the village, Lee paused for a time at the orchard before you, waiting for the promised rations from the Federal army to arrive. Then he continued on to his headquarters, his work as army commander done. Meanwhile his army received food (left) from their former enemies – the first food many Confederates had been issued in days.
 
Also see . . .
Marker at a Pull-off image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
3. Marker at a Pull-off
The marker is situated at a pull-off from the highway. The old road trace runs just to the left of the pull off.
 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. (Submitted on March 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. PeaceWar, US Civil
 
Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
4. Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road
After the surrender, Gen. Robert E. Lee took this road back to his headquarters and his disappointed troops.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,585 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on March 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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