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These first few days of April each year, bring to mind the anniversary of the event for which we are well known — the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of General Robert E. Lee to that of the Army of the Potomac under the leadership of General Ulysses S. Grant. Although additional skirmishes continued, this action virtually ended the Confederacy and began the reunification of our United States. As we approach the 156th anniversary of this event, our focus naturally turns toward tourism.
Appomattox is now in an organized journey to follow the series of events that led from Petersburg to the surrender, labeled the Appomattox Campaign. Roadside markers help the traveler to follow and learn along the way. One “fly in the ointment” is that many seem to want to start in Appomattox and go on a reverse journey, which greatly complicates the experience since the roadside markers are facing the opposite way and are not readily seen.
There’s more to this in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Support local journalism by purchasing the issue at a local newsstand or subscribing at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to receive the print edition or view the full article in the e-edition version.