April 9, 1863 – Appomattox Surrender

Today is, of course, the anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

“After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.”

I don’t believe Robert E. Lee could have summed up those previous four years any simpler (or more apropos) in once sentence than that, and I’ve always detected quite a sense of exhaustion and relief in those words.

143 years ago today, this Nation was one large step closer to becoming one again.

Published in: on April 9, 2008 at 11:48 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Wow. everybody knows what happened on april 9 1865.

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