Confederate Surrender at Appomattox

Next year [actually, less than six months from now] is the sesquicentennial of Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

Here’s a panel discussion from the 2010 meeting of the Society of Civil War Historians covering the surrender.  The panelists were Joan Waugh of UCLA, Elizabeth Varon of UVa, and Caroline Janney of Purdue.  Elizabeth Leonard of Colby College provided commentary at the end, and the event was moderated by Peter Wallenstein of Virginia Tech.

Here’s the video’s description:  “A panel of historians presented papers on the narrative of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox that has been debated since the end of the Civil War. After their presentations, Professor Leonard provided commentary. Then the panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. Professor Wallenstein moderated.

“Joan Waugh talked about ‘U.S. Grant at Appomattox: Shaping the Peace that Would Follow the War;’ Elizabeth Varon talked about ‘From Appomattox to Juneteenth: Lee’s Surrender and the End of Slavery;’ and Caroline Janney talked about ‘War at the Shrine of Peace: The Appomattox Peace Monument and Retreat from Reconciliation.’

” ‘Reunion? Reconciliation? Appomattox Revisited: Competing Narratives of the Surrender that Ended the Civil War’ was a panel of the second biennial academic conference of the Society of Civil War Historians, held at the Marriott Richmond.”


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