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The Road to Appomattox

Petersburg and Lee's Surrender

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Our class met at Fort Harrison and traveled to Petersburg. The next day we followed Lee's flight to Appomattox, where General Grant's army finally defeated Robert E. Lee's famous Army of Northern Virginia in April of 1865. Although the Civil War did not totally end with Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, the Confederacy was basically lost. Their president and government officials had fled Richmond when word came that Petersburg had finally fallen. Lee's surrender at Appomattox was accepted by Grant with gracious dignity. There is beauty to the story but it is tempered by the knowledge that the war had wasted many lives and virtually destroyed the resources of the south.

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Fort Harrison in the Outer defenses of Richmond City Point
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Petersburg Battlefield Fort Conahey The Crater, Petersburg
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Petersburg Nat'l Cemetery Pamplin Historical Park and Museum of the Civil War Soldier

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