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Peace Field
Where Grant wrote the note announcing the surrender.




Peace Field Sign
Interpretive Sign



From near his headquarters atop the rise in front
of you, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sent a message
that jolted a nation. After finishing his meeting
with Lee at the McLean House, Grant paused
along the road and scribbled an unassuming note
announcing the surrender (see below). Within
hours, the message reached Washington. By
midnight bells tolled in celebration throughout
the North.
Amidst the small gathering of tents here, General
Grant spent his last night in the field. The next day
he departed for Washington, D.C., leaving details
of the Confederate surrender to a group of military
commissioners. The defeat of Lee's army had
required eleven months of constant toil, bloodshed,
and death. But the job was done; Grant left
Appomattox Court House a national hero.





 
LEE'S FINAL BIVOUAC


Location of Lee's Final Bivouac
Location of Lee's Final Bivouac - April 14, 1865


State
   Road Sign
Road Side Sign


Interpretive Sign
S.C.V Interpretive Plaque



LEE'S FINAL BIVOUAC
APRIL 14, 1865

GENERAL LEE, ON HIS JOURNEY TO RICHMOND
FROM APPOMATTOX, STOPPED AT WINDSOR, HIS
BROTHER'S FARM, TO SPEND THE NIGHT. BUT
AS THE HOUSE WAS CROWDED, HE PITCHED HIS
TENT HERE, THE LAST NIGHT HE SPENT UNDER
CANVAS. HE TOOK BREAKFAST WITH THE
GILLAMS, WHOSE PROPERTY HE CAMPED ON,
BEFORE PROCEDING THE NEXT DAY.

COCKE CAMP, SCV

Text of the SCV Interpretive Plaque


 




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