Thursday, April 10, 2014
The First Day of Peace - 149 Years Ago Today - 4/10/14
The McLean House, where the signing of the surrender documents took place.
Photograph by Timothy O'Sullivan, April 1865.
March 31, 2012. A similar view of a rebuilt McLean House.
Site of some of the last moments of conflict in the morning hours of April 9, 1865.
Appomattox Courthouse and village, site of the formal surrender ceremony on April 12, 1865.
The visage of Robert E. Lee, and the sword he wore to meet with Grant, on display
during opening day tours of the Appomattox branch of the Museum of the Confederacy,
March 31, 2012. The MOC is now "The American Civil War Museum". Details here.
Visitors gather around displays at the Appomattox branch of the former MOC. March 31, 2012.
"The Museum of the Confederacy’s mission is to serve as the preeminent world center
for the display, study, interpretation, commemoration, and preservation of the history
and artifacts of the Confederate States of America."https://www.moc.org/
Some of the artifacts on display. Opening day, March 31, 2012.
One of the most poignant displays contains no artifacts, just a lifesize tableau.
"Their son heads off to war." A family's pride and anguish.
Other displays examine the use of the Confederate Battle Flag, in reverence and kitsch.
Members of the 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops, and the 54th Massachusetts,
served as escort to "General Grant", prior to the museum's opening ceremony, March 31, 2012.
"Reunification of the Nation", is symbolized by the flags of all the
former succeeded states, along with the Stars and Stripes.
There is no "Confederate" flag displayed in front of the museum building.
Protesters from the "Virginia Flaggers", and "Mechanized Cavalry"
were on hand to object to the omission of a Confederate flag out front of the
facility, labeling the museum directors as "scalawags and carpetbaggers".
During the opening ceremony, an airplane buzzed overhead, drowning out the speakers.
Behind the plane was a flowing banner, declaring "Reunification by the Bayonet".