Appomattox Courthouse


This is the next in a continuing series of photos from our week in Virginia this October past. If you want to ‘Like’ the series, please do so here at the first post.

The de facto ending of the American Civil War came on April 9th, 1865, when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant and the Army of the United States of America in Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. Until I had actually been to the site I never understood that the surrender did not take place in the courthouse (and yes, there is one) but that the town itself  is called Appomattox Courthouse. The surrender actually took place in the parlor of the McClean house, a photo of which leads this posting.

Oh, another thing: many of you may know the famous song by The Band, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, either from that version or the hit version by Joan Baez. In it, the lyrics go, ‘By May the 10th Richmond had fell/It was a time I remember oh so well.’ Well, he didn’t remember it as well as he should. Richmond had fallen in the first few days of April of that year. May 10th is notable as on that day, Jefferson Davies, the president of the Confederacy, was captured, as he was trying to flee towards Texas.

As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does all the heavy lifting in selecting the photos. And thank you sincerely for dropping by the Book of Bokeh. I would also like to invite you to visit my Book of Pain  poetry blog.












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