April 2015

04/02/2015 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

April 2, 1865 dawned bright and beautiful but within a few hours the Sunday peace was shattered when Davis received word that the capital must be evacuated. Join us we explore the fateful last days of the Confederate capital and the first days of Federal occupation. Sites visited include the Capitol and grounds, St. Paul’s, Davis’s official office, the Stewart-Lee house and many more. This walking tour covers approximately 2 miles and begins at the Museum of the Confederacy. 

04/03/2015 - 11:15am - 12:15pm

What did Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis have in common?  For one thing, they both spent time in the White House of the Confederacy, but there is much more to the story.  This themed tour will examine Lincoln and Davis as politicians, leaders, husbands and fathers.  Come walk where they walked and explore the lives of these rival presidents at the center of one of the most pivotal events in our nation’s history.  Cost: $10.00 for adults. $8.00 for seniors over the age of 62, $6.00 for youth aged 7 to 13.  Free for children under 7. 

04/03/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

On April 3, 1865, Major General Godfrey Weitzel marched his troops into Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, capturing the city for the Union and precipitating the eventual collapse of the Southern states’ rebellion. Author G. William Quatman will provide a detailed narrative of the fall of Richmond lending new insight into the war’s end.

04/03/2015 - 2:15pm - 3:15pm

What did Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis have in common?  For one thing, they both spent time in the White House of the Confederacy, but there is much more to the story.  This themed tour will examine Lincoln and Davis as politicians, leaders, husbands and fathers.  Come walk where they walked and explore the lives of these rival presidents at the center of one of the most pivotal events in our nation’s history.  Cost: $10.00 for adults. $8.00 for seniors over the age of 62, $6.00 for youth aged 7 to 13.  Free for children under 7.  

04/04/2015 - 11:45am - 1:00pm

This themed tour will focus on Jefferson Davis’s last days in the Confederate White House as well as Abraham Lincoln’s historic visit to the site.  Come walk where they walked and explore this historic home through the eyes of rival presidents. Tour begins at the Byrd statue in Capitol Square. $10 for adults. Free for members. This tour is limited to 25 people and reservations are required. 

This tour has sold out. 

04/04/2015 - 1:15pm - 2:30pm

This themed tour will focus on Jefferson Davis’s last days in the Confederate White House as well as Abraham Lincoln’s historic visit to the site.  Come walk where they walked and explore this historic home through the eyes of rival presidents. Tour begins at the Byrd statue in Capitol Square. $10 for adults. Free for members. This tour is limited to 25 people and reservations are required. Get your tickets today! 

04/04/2015 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm

This themed tour will focus on Jefferson Davis’s last days in the Confederate White House as well as Abraham Lincoln’s historic visit to the site.  Come walk where they walked and explore this historic home through the eyes of rival presidents. Tour begins at the Byrd statue in Capitol Square. $10 for adults. Free for members. This tour is limited to 25 people and reservations are required. Get your tickets today! 

04/07/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Jonathan Horn author of The Man Who Would Not be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and his Decision that Changed American History will discuss the riveting true story of Robert E. Lee, the brilliant soldier bound by marriage to George Washington’s family but turned by war against Washington’s crowning achievement, the Union.

04/08/2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Join Chris Calkins, Park Manager, Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park, and American Civil War historian, as he describes his efforts to locate and document the site of the Appomattox Station  battlefield, armed with maps, journals and a metal detector.

Presented by the Museum of the Confederacy- Appomattox, Virginia State Parks, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation.

04/08/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Join Chris Calkins, Park Manager, Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park, and Patrick Schroeder, Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, as they narrate the events of the Battle of Appomattox Station on location.  This 40-acre protected battlefield is under the care of the Appomattox 1865 Foundation.  A demonstration of the Confederate artillery vs Federal Cavalry battle is presented by the 2nd VA Cavalry Co C and Stuart’s Light Horse Artillery.

04/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Enjoy coffee and muffins at the Museum as Elizabeth Varon lectures about the “Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory”on the 150th anniversary of the surrender. Tickets are $5.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. Reserve your seat here!

04/09/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

A reenactment of the surrender of General Lee to General Grant, including their correspondence in the preceding days, with David Palmer as Lee and Tony Daniels as Grant. The event will take place in either the Robertson Room or the Pavilion (weather permitting) at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox. Included with museum admission.

04/09/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Join Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr. for a private reception and presentation at historic Eldon, the Civil War plantation home of the Flood family.  Light refreshments will be served.  Period dress or cocktail attire is appropriate.  Transportation will be provided from the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox, 159 Horseshoe Road, Appomattox.  Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Space is limited.  This event has SOLD OUT. 

04/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am

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Enjoy coffee and muffins at the Museum as William "Jack" Davis lectures about the "The Collapse of the Confederate Government.” The commemoration of the Appomattox surrender's 150th anniversary continues throughout the day. Tickets are $5.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

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04/10/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am

General U.S. Grant (Tony Daniels) delivers a monologue on his famous meeting with President Abraham Lincoln at City Point, now part of modern Hopewell, Virginia. 

04/10/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Local historian Albert Carter presents the history of Thomas Bocock, who was born in Buckingham, lived and practiced law in Appomattox, served in the U.S. House of Representatives before the Civil War, and became the Confederate Speaker of the House. Included with museum admission. 

04/10/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Join Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant (portrayed by David Palmer and Tony Daniels) for a dinner at the historic Babcock House in Appomattox. Both Lee and Grant will be available for conversation and questions throughout the evening. Enjoy a cash bar on the house's deck for cocktail hour, and then a hearty southern buffet dinner. 

5:30 pm: Cocktails on the deck, cash bar.

04/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am

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Enjoy coffee and muffins at the Museum as Bud Robertson presents “From Battlefield to Peace: The Ultimate Campaign.” The commemoration of the Appomattox surrender's 150th anniversary continues throughout the day. Tickets are $5.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members.

04/11/2015 - 11:00am - 11:30am

General Robert E. Lee (David Palmer) will deliver a monologue on the events of April 1, 1865. Event will be held in the Robertson Room at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox. 

04/11/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Appomattox Youth Chorale will perform at the Museum. Cost: Included with museum admission. 

04/12/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Enjoy coffee and muffins at the Museum as Ed Ayers lectures about “The Valley of the Shadow: Views From the North and South.”​ The commemoration of the Appomattox surrender's 150th anniversary continues throughout the day. Tickets are $5.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. Reserve your seat here!

04/17/2015 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Richmond’s abrupt transition from Confederate capital to Union occupation in April 1865 meant tremendous changes for its civilian population. Basic necessities, such as food and shelter, could be difficult to come by, particularly with much of the city literally in ashes. Along with these challenges came opportunities for the city’s civilians, but perhaps especially for newly-emancipated African Americans. Join Curator Cathy Wright for this talk. 

04/21/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Michael Schein will discuss his book, John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away in which he examines the evidence of whether John Surratt- a fierce secessionist and Booth’s closest associate in the four months leading up to the assassination- had an airtight alibi, or whether he cheated fate and the gallows through a combination of cunning and luck (thereby avoiding the fate of his mother Mary Surratt, who was hanged for her role in the plot).

04/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant met twice at Appomattox Court House. The surrender at the McLean House on the afternoon of April 9, 1865 saw the drawing up and signing of the surrender terms themselves. The following morning, April 10, these two men met again, briefly, to discuss the fate of the other Confederate armies throughout the South. With Lee and Grant's inability to end the war completely, the question turned to the fate of Lee's own soldiers, now paroled and allowed to return home. How would they travel safely through a war zone?