American History Road Trip
Appomattox Court House, Virginia
June 15, 2011
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I really don't know why this place exerts such a hold on
my imagination, but it always has. When I was a kid, I had
a poster of a painting of the surrender on my wall.
Like Jerusalem, London, and the Great Wall of China, it's a
place you hear about and read about while you're growing up,
which makes it so amazing when you finally arrive and see
that it's real.
On the first morning of our Southern road trip, after waffles
at the hotel near Charlotte airport, we headed north to the
hinterlands of Virginia to Appomattox, where Lee surrendered
to Grant. Our plans for a quiet, reflective picnic on the banks
of the Appomattox River were foiled by the gnats. But we still
had a good visit, talking with the rangers and asking questions
that I (mostly) knew the answers to.