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Celebration and Preparation at Appomattox "Surrender Week"

Appomattox County, VA -

Appomattox, VA - This week marks the 149th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

"The Gentleman's Agreement" between Generals Lee and Grant signaled the end of the war.

Appomattox Park Ranger Ernie Price says that crowds have been steady this week, as visitors learn about the events at Appomattox Courthouse that shaped our country's future. Price says, of the week's events, "Each day, we're trying to emphasize the historical events of that day, 149 years ago." He continued, "(General Robert E.) Lee surrenders on April 9th, but there are events before and after that, that are very key to the history that unfolded here.".

The celebration is not limited to the parks. At the nearby Museum of the Confederacy, Site Director Linda Lipscomb says that the exhibits have been packed by students and visitors at a steady pace. That's something she expects to continue, and grow in 2015. Lipscomb said "From last week to this week, we had over 850 students that have been through here." Lipscomb would go on to state that the Museum expects to see a lot of people coming who make a trip to the nearby park, as well.

Renovations continue at the Park, as volunteers and crews work tirelessly to ensure that the Park looks it's best, when Appomattox comes into focus for the Sesquicentennial. While the workload remains large, Park Ranger Price says that it's on schedule to be done by next spring. Price stated "When the 150th is here, and the nation looks at Appomattox, we're ready."



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