Commemorates 145th Anniversary
Appomattox, Va. – Appomattox Court House NHP will commemorate the 145th anniversary of the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant with two weekends of special activities in April. Starting April 8th (Thursday) through the 12th (Monday) the park will offer a series of special tours and programs, including hands-on activities for kids on the weekend. The public is invited to enjoy military and civilian living history presentations, guided tours, ranger programs, book singings by authors, and a Stacking of Arms Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
The following weekend, April 17th and 18th, Union and Confederate re-enactment groups will be encamped in the village. They will demonstrate historic weapons and battle tactics, including horse-drawn artillery, on the last battlefield of Lee’s Army. On Saturday night, the 17th at 6:30 p.m., visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for a free evening concert of Civil War period music at the McLean House by the 26th NC Brass Band. During this weekend, visitors will have a chance to visit Union and Confederate camps and learn about the life of a common Civil War soldier. Activities will include cooking, military inspections, drill, and printing of parole passes for Confederate soldiers in the same building where they were printed in 1865. Each day there will also be a “Stacking of Arms Ceremony” along the stage road, exactly where General Lee’s army stacked arms 145 years ago. There will also be an exhibit by Civil War artifact collector Russell Hicks at the Tavern Guesthouse. For a full detailed list of activities during both weeks, please visit the calendar of events on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/apco.
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is located on Highway 24, 3 miles from Appomattox. The park is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Entrance fees are $3 per person, or $5 per vehicle. Children 15 and under are free. Specific questions about the events should be directed to Bert Dunkerly at 434-352-8987 ext. 31 or the park visitor center at ext. 26.