American Minute from William J. Federer
A Union shell exploded in his kitchen. Wilmer McLean moved to get away from the conflict, yet almost four years later his new home, near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, was the agreed location for General Robert E. Lee to surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant on APRIL 9, 1865.
Ken Burn’s documentary film of the Civil War stated that the war began in Wilmer McLean’s front yard and ended in his front parlor.
The Civil War resulted in approximately 258,000 Confederate deaths and 360,000 Union deaths.
General Lee took off his sword and handed it to General Grant, and Grant handed it back.
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