The American Civil War Museum at Appomattox showcases artifacts, photographs and documents from one of the world’s most comprehensive collections related to the Confederate States of America. Of special interest are General Robert E. Lee’s sword and the frock coat he wore at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant. Museum visitors get a glimpse of what life was like for people in Appomattox during the Civil War. Tours provide a chance to walk in the footsteps of those who took part in events, which had a profound effect on the United States.
When standing on the site of the American Civil War Museum at Appomattox, you can look northeast to Appomattox Court House: site of Lee’s surrender to Grant on April 9, 1865. From this intersection of Routes 24 and 460, to the south is the site of the Battle of Appomattox Station and just beyond that is the town of Appomattox, one of the most recognizable names in American history.
In addition to the Appomattox site, the American Civil War Museum is located at Historic Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy; both are in Richmond, Virginia. At all sites, the American Civil War Museum tells the stories of our nation’s most pivotal conflict through perspectives of those who lived it: Soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, black and white, enslaved and free. n Information in this article was provided by the American Civil War Museum.