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Appomattox Marker

This monument outside Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia marks the site of General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the Civil War. It was erected in 1929 by a memorial group that placed a total of 25 markers on Civil War battlefields in Virginia. The original marker ended with the words "to 118,000 men under Grant," but no one knows who removed that reference to the conquering Union army, or when it was removed.

Here on Sunday, April 9 1865 

After four years of heroic struggle 

In defense of principles they believed fundamental to the existence of our government 

Lee surrendered 9000 men the remnant of an army 

Still unconquered in spirit

Source | Bill Coughlin, "Appomattox Marker," photograph, 2007; from The Historical Marker Database, http://www.hmdb.org/PhotoFullSize.asp?PhotoID=17914.
Creator | Bill Coughlin
Item Type | Artifact
Cite This document | Bill Coughlin, “Appomattox Marker,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed June 19, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1461.

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