An Appomattox Album

Published:April 12, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

Appomattox Court House, Spring by William Blake (Appomattox Court House National Historical Park)

 

Appomattox Court House, Va., date and creator unknown (Library of Congress)

 

This hand-drawn map shows Appomattox Court House and vicinity, along with troop positions, at the time of Robert E. Lee‘s surrender on April 9, 1865. The Library of Congress received the map in an envelope marked in ink, “Map of Lee’s surrender. Found in one of the back closets of one of the old Scrimshaw Pavement Co’s desks, 16 Court St. Fged.” (Library of Congress Geography and Map Division)

 

This undated postcard commemorates the surrender at Appomattox. On reverse, the caption reads: “America’s Tragic Years were brought to a close with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union Forces. This memorable event took place in the humble setting of Appomattox, April 9, 1865.” (Jody Cook; National Park Service)

 

The Departure by Keith Rocco depicts the moments just after Lee’s surrender, as he departs the McLean house to rejoin his troops. (Appomattox Court House National Historical Park)

 

This drawing, by the Union artist John R. Chapin, depicts the events of April 12, 1865, and is titled Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to the Army of the Potomac. Inscribed next to the title are the following words: “as described to me by Genl. Chamberlain, who recd the surrende[r]. My first lay out for a large picture which I propose to paint. J.R.C.” (Library of Congress)

 

The parole pass issued to Captain Charles Gratiot Thompson at Appomattox. It reads: “Ordnance officer gen THE BEARER Capt. C. G. Thompson of Co. C, McGowan’s Brigade Wilcox’s Division, 3rd Corps, A.N.V. of Baltimore City, a paroled prisoner of the Army of Northern Virginia has per mission to go to his home & there remain undisturbed G. E. Taft 2nd Liet. Commanding Company.” (Appomattox Court House National Historical Park) For more information on Thompson, see here.

 

In this photograph by Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Union soldiers, standing beside their stacked arms, mill in front of the courthouse at Appomattox, in April 1865. (Library of Congress)