At the end of the summer in 1998, our class traveled from Petersburg to Appomattox. Here we saw where General Grant finally defeated Robert E. Lee's famous Army of Northern Virginia in April of 1865. Although the Civil War did not totally end with Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, the Confederacy was basically lost. Their president and government officials had fled Richmond when word came that Petersburg had finally fallen.
Lee's surrender at Appomattox was accepted by Grant with gracious dignity. There is beauty to the story but it is tempered by the knowledge that the war had wasted many lives and virtually destroyed the resources of the south.
are photographs of the final two field trips in our nine-year series. We had covered
the war chronologically, traveling throughout Virginia and venturing into West
Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
|Loading the Flip Chart||City Point||Pamplin Park|
|Cannon Demo, Petersburg||Luxury Picnic||Grant had Lee in his Grasp|
|Appomattox at Last||Playing a Farewell Song||Pondering the End of the War|
Photos taken by Linda
Javins Walcroft, Summer 1998, on a trip that was part of Advanced
Civil War class, Northern Virginia Community College
Modified February 2004