Thursday, April 09, 2009

April 9, 1865: Appomattox

American Minute with Bill Federer
April 9

The Civil War began on Wilmer McLean's farm in Manassas Junction,
Virginia, with the First Battle of Bull Run

A Union shell exploded in his kitchen. 

Wilmer McLean moved to get away from the conflict, yet almost four
years later his new home, near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, was
the agreed location for General Robert E. Lee to surrender to General
Ulysses S. Grant
 on APRIL 9, 1865. 

Ken Burn's documentary film of the Civil War stated that the war
began in Wilmer McLean's front yard and ended in his front parlor. 

The Civil War resulted in approximately 258,000 Confederate deaths
and 360,000 Union deaths. 

General Lee took off his sword and handed it to General Grant, and
Grant handed it back. 

The next day, General Lee issued his final order: 

"After four years of arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage
and fortitude...I have determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of
those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen. 

By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their

Robert E. Lee concluded: 

"I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you His blessing
and protection."

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