Exhibits at The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox
“Appomattox” is one of a few place names that is not only shorthand for an historic event—the surrender of General R. E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the effective end of the Confederate States of America—but also a metaphor—for the end of the war, and for a new beginning as a reunified nation. The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox’s permanent exhibit explores these overlapping stories using more than 400 artifacts, photographs, and documents. Included in the exhibit is the uniform coat and sword that Robert E. Lee wore to the surrender, the Appomattox parole lists, and a dozen audiovisual stations that bring rich human stories to life.
Local Stories, National Struggles: The Civil War in Appomattox and Lynchburg
“Local Stories, National Struggle” takes you to Appomattox and Lynchburg as the communities encountered the tumult of the Civil War. The war did not start in either community. Lynchburg voted against secession until the firing on Fort Sumter. Yet, the onset of violence forced individuals to make decisions on warfare, freedom, nationalism, and survival. The many paths of life that locals followed are represented here by nine ordinary individuals. Through them, we catch a glimpse of the scope of the national conflict through the lens of those who experienced it. The exhibit was designed by Lynchburg College students under the supervision of Dr. Luis-Alejandro Dinnella-Borrego and Dr. Adam Dean.