This is probably my favorite moment in American history. I never cease to be fascinated by the men involved and their attitudes and actions. Some were expected, but many surprised me.
Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9th, 1865, bringing the beginning of the end of the Civil War a reality. The surrender was more than a single moment but was an event that lasted for four days as parole papers were printed, signed, and ex-Rebels turned in their weapons.
In the past, I had done up the occasion rather nicely. I’ll be celebrating the moment a little quieter this year, but I want to point you toward a few links for anyone who is interested in taking a closer look.
Experiencing History Blog series: 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 read the letters exchanged between generals. 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 took in Appomattox that year during the 150th celebration.
Celebrating History Facebook party: I reloaded the fascinating facts and hosted a grand party on Facebook last year. The link is still available so you can browse and comment to your heart’s content.
*Both the blog series and the facebook party were originally associated with a giveaway. Both giveaways are closed. You’re welcome to comment, and I’ll respond. But I’m no longer collecting entries or hosting a giveaway this year.
Current celebration on Facebook: I’m pulling up a few of my favorite party posts and sharing them anew this year. You can visit my page to take part in the discussion. We’ve kicked things off with my favorite, “Generals’ Ball” where we select a dress to wear and decide who we would dance with first–General Grant or General Lee.
I hope to see you around this week! You can chat with me below: Do you have a favorite moment in American History?