It is time for the final Person of the Year Symposium of the Sesquicentennial. Who will be named the Person of the Year for 1865 and join previous winners Abraham Lincoln (1861), Robert E. Lee (1862), Ulysses S. Grant (1863), and William T. Sherman (1864)? You can help decide by joining us in the audience! While the nominees are not revealed until the lectures are given, we can divulge the outstanding historians that will be giving those lectures.
Hardy County, Virginia native John Hanse McNeill formed one of only three partisan units to survive the repeal of the Partisan Act by the Confederate Government. The unit was extremely successful in harassing Union forces even after McNeill’s death. Learn about the exploits of McNeill’s Rangers, including the capture of two Union Generals at this talk by VMI Graduate, Museum volunteer, and Civil War historian Don Jones. Cost: Free for members, $5.00 for non-members- Reservations are required.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. Reserve your seat here!
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.
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.