Virginia 2002
August 2002 
- Page Seven

Aides for General Grant searched the town for a suitable building for the meeting between the Generals. Residents were hard to be found. The man who lived in this house, Mr. McLean, suggested one home that was rejected since it was unfurnished.  He then offered his own home, the brick structure pictured here.

One of my favorite anecdotes of the war is that the Battle of Bull Run / Manassas was fought on the farm of Mr. McLean who then, wanting to move his family to safety, moved to this house in the sleepy village of Appomattox Courthouse.  

A slide show at the Visitor Center made a wonderful reference to the war having fought it's first land battle upon McLean's property, then crawling it's way back to his door in order to die.

In the front parlor, at separate tables, the two Generals worked out the surrender.

General Lee sat at a marble table such as this one. General Grant sat at a small wooden table such as the one in the photo below.  I believe that both original tables are in the Smithsonian.

All of the artifacts within these buildings are reproductions.  As are the buildings themselves! Evidently, the town did not garner the same level of attention following the war that other sites did, and as a result the townspeople were left to try to create war memorials on their own. 

At one point, the McLean house had even been disassembled, with the plan being to send it to Washington for use as a museum.

However, that never came to be, and the buildings were recreated here within Appomattox Court House.

Additional views of the McLean House:

View 1 - Dining

View 1 - Kitchen

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