This Week in the Civil War - #1068
The finest home in the village of Appomattox Court House belonged to Wilmer McLean; there, in the early afternoon on Sunday, April 9, 1865 Robert E. Lee met with Grant, his staff, and several Union generals, including Sheridan and Custer. After exchanging pleasantries, Lee called attention to the matter at hand, and after a brief discussion of terms, a surrender document was drafted. When Lee acknowledged that many of his men owned their own horses which would be needed for agriculture, Grant immediately concurred. Union provisions were also provided to feed Lee’s troops. Lee then signed the surrender document and soon departed the McLean residence. Except for a brief period on the following day Lee would never again meet Ulysses Grant. For Lee and his army, the war was finally over.