I had written a blog series during the 150th anniversary of the surrender, paying close attention to the historical timeline of events as they played out. The series starts days before the surrender, allowing you to see what was happening, as well as the letters exchanged between generals, as Lee and Grant were moving in position to collide in a most memorable way. The series continues through Lincoln’s assassination which took place just days later. And the series wraps up with 5 collections of pictures that I had taken in Appomattox that year during the 150th celebration.
To make things easier for you, I’ve pulled all the links together in order. I hope you enjoy!
*Originally I had hosted a giveaway along with this series. The giveaway is over. Feel free to comment on any of the posts, but I’m no longer collecting entries.
Experiencing History: Reliving the End of the Civil War, Moment by Moment:
4/7 Part 1: Let’s jump start this series with some basic feelings from both armies.
4/7 Part 2: Grant sends a message to Lee asking him to surrender
4/8 Part 1: Lee responds and Grant sends a second note
4/8 Part 2: A quote from a Union soldier and a new message from Lee
4/9 Part 1: The armies on the move again and Grant sends another message.
4/9 Part 2: Hours before their meeting, the generals exchange 2 more letters.
4/9 Part 3: The hour has come! Read the terms of surrender and Grant’s version of the events of that hour.
4/9 Part 4: Two eye witness accounts
4/10: Read what was happening the day after the surrender by a man who was there.
4/11: Read the accounts of both Union and Confederate supporters as they hear the news of Lee’s surrender
4/12: Stacking of Arms Ceremony. Read two eye witness accounts of this solemn moment
4/13: Read Lee’s Farewell Address to his army
4/14 Part 1: Hours before Lincoln enters Ford’s Theatre
4/14 Part 2: A fictionalized account of the moment Lincoln was shot
4/15: The country is thrown into mourning. Details of the day as well as the account of a Union soldier the moment he was told.
Pictures from Appomattox: