Appomattox Chairs and Table
The Price of Freedom: Americans At War, Three East
The war ended at a table and two chairs. This is where on April 9, 1865, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee sat to discuss Lee’s terms of surrender after the defeat of the Army of Northern Virginia. Lee told his staff that morning, “There is nothing left for me to do but to go and see General Grant, and I would rather die a thousand deaths.” The two generals met at the home of Wilmer McLean in Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Lee, wearing a crisp gray uniform, and Grant, in his “soldier’s blouse,” boots and muddy pants, agreed that the Confederate Army would return home after surrendering all weapons and agreeing not to take up arms against the United States government again. At Lee’s request, Grant allowed Rebels who owned their own horses to keep them so that they could tend their farms and plant spring crops.