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.
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.
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!
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.
Michael Schein will discuss his book, John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away in which he examine 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).
Description: 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?