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?
Noted historian James McPherson will draw from his new book, Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief with special emphasis on Davis’ relations with one of his most notable generals. This is the last installment of the Museum’s special Sesquicentennial lecture series. Reservations are required. Tickets are free for Museum members until April 30, after which they will be $10. Tickets are $20 for non-members. Light refreshments will be provided.
Social customs such as taking tea in the Victorian era were governed by the many rules of etiquette. For the visit alone, what to bring, what to wear, what to leave on, what to take off, when to visit, and when to leave were just a few of the things a woman of the time must consider. Join Linda Lipscomb at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox for a Cream Tea and learn about the types of tea, the difference between afternoon tea and high tea, and how tea was introduced to England and the United States. Bring your own cup and saucer to enjoy scones, cookies and breads with your tea.
When we think of the Army of Northern Virginia we typically think of it as a body of soldiers that move as a unit in attempt to accomplish short and long term goals. But to tell the story of these soldiers in the hours and days after disbanding, we are forced to think of them as individuals, not as privates or captains, but as fathers and sons, a long way from home, facing a very uncertain future. Join Ernie Price, Chief of Visitor Services and Education at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park for this free lunchtime talk.
Most people believe that the Civil War ended with Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox, but the men who were surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina; Meridian, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama, and at other places; those who died at the battle of Palmetto Ranch, Texas, in May 1865; and Confederate soldiers still in Northern prison camps would beg to differ. And even if the armies had surrendered, was the Confederacy defeated if President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet were still at large?
Join Ruth Ann Coski as she discusses the flight and capture of Jefferson Davis as a family affair, emphasizing the human drama amidst the collapse of the Confederacy. She is currently a Special Correspondent for the MOC Magazine and is author of The White House of the Confederacy: A Pictorial Tour.
Professor Michael Ross will discuss his latest work, The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law and Justice in the Reconstruction Era. In this book, Ross offers the first full account of the kidnapping of seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby by two African American women. This event electrified the South at one of the most critical moments in the history of American race relations.
John Grady, the author of "Matthew Fontaine Maury, Father of Oceanography: A Biography, 1806 - 1873," will discuss Maury's time in Richmond during the American Civil War and his contributions to the Confederacy.
Reservations are not required but space is limited. To ensure your spot at this lecture, reserve your seat here.
In cooperation with Holliday Lake and James River State Parks, as part of their summer campfire programs, join museum staff as they discuss "The Life of the Common Soldier During the Civil War." These talks will take place at both Holliday Lake and James River State Parks.
Locations: Holliday Lake State Park 2759 State Park Road Appomattox, VA 24522
James River State Park 104 Green Hill Drive Gladstone, VA 24553
Cost: Admission is free. Tell the ranger you are attending the campfire talk.