On Friday the 9th, we drove to Appomattox Court House National Park. Appomattox is where Lee signed the Confederate Surrender that would end the Civil War.
The area is now a National Park. When we arrived, we found out that we had, unawares, arrived on the 145th anniversary of the signing! There were all sorts of interactive programs going on, and there were reenactors sharing their stories with the visitors. According to ‘Mrs. Peers’, the date was April 12, and she was happy to tell us all what happened ‘last week’ with all the fighting and the Confederate surrender by Gen. Lee. Mrs. Peers was a little concerned for her house because the troops had destroyed her front steps with their cannon recoils, but the troops were rebuilding them for her. Mrs. Peers is a ‘southern lady’, and is hoping that all these Union soldiers will soon leave their town.
I love it when they have reenactors like this – ones that won’t answer you if you ask something other than what their character would be knowledgeable about. Mrs. Peers did let us take her ‘image’, and she was surprised by how quickly it set – usually you have to be still much longer 😉
The kids did the Jr. Ranger program (of course!)
The park service has preserved much of the ground that the battle took place on.