April 9, 2015 Civil War Anniversary on C-SPAN3

On April 9, 1865, after four years of war, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee met Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the village of Appomattox Court House and surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia. Although other Confederate armies were still active in the field, Lee’s surrender effectively ended the Civil War.

C-SPAN Classroom has aggregated several video clips of historians and National Park Service rangers describing the surrounding events that help paint the scene leading up to General Lee’s surrender:

This Thursday, American History TV on C-SPAN3 will also broadcast LIVE from Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at 1:30pm ET for a ceremony marking the exact time 150 years ago that Grant and Lee met at the McLean House to discuss terms of surrender. The event includes a keynote address by historian Ed Ayers, University of Richmond president, as well as re-enactments of Grant’s arrival at the McLean House and Lee’s departure following his surrender. Other speakers include descendents of key Grant and Lee aides who took part in that historic meeting.

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