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).
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 lecture on his new book, Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief with special emphasis on the final days of the Confederate government. This is the last installment of the Museum’s special Sesquicentennial lecture series. Reservations are required. Tickets are free for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Get your tickets here.
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.