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1. To commemorate the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to Lieutentant General Ulysses S. Grant and the effective termination of the Civil War brought about by Appomattox Campain from March 29-April 12, 1865 and to honor those engaged in this great conflict.
2. To preserve and protect those park resourses, including landscape features, historical structures, acheological sites, cemetries and monuments, archives and collections that are related to the Appomattox Campaign.
3. To provide opportunites for the public to learn about the Civil War; the people affected, the Appomattox Campain and its culmination in the surrender at Appomattox Court House; and the beginning of peace and national re-unification.
Walk the old country lanes where Robert E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, General-in-Chief of all United States forces, on April 9, 1865. Imagine the events that signaled the end of the Southern States' attempt to create a separate nation. The National Park encompasses approximately 1800 acres of rolling hills in rural central Virginia. The site includes the McLean home (surrender site) and the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the former county seat for Appomattox County. The site also has the home and burial place of Joel Sweeney - the popularizer of the modern five string banjo. There are twenty seven original 19th century structures on the site
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