The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Monday, August 18, 2014

End of the Civil War


Appomattox, Virginia
where General Lee formally surrendered to General Grant.
This is the little village of Appomattox today, reconstructed by the National Park Service

It was so lovely there, very peaceful and quiet.  

Hard to imagination guns and cannons going of in such a tranquil setting.

 This is the Clover Hill Tavern, rebuilt.

The last two lines are important.

Inside was a recreation of the printing process for the 30,000 parole documents given out to the Confederate Soldiers.  These documents were extremely important to each soldier for they afforded them safe passage back to their homes and farms in the South...what was left of them.

Unfortunately there were some who never lived to see their parole document.
The last half of the sign is especially poignant. 

Notice the lone Union flag.
Explanation in the sigh above.

I realized I never finished up with Appomattox after using a few photos for the observation of our nation's birthday back on July 4.  You can see that post here.

There's an assortment of Good Fences here in this post.
For more Good Fences go to TWG's  Good Fences


16 comments:

  1. So much facts in the world. They only have to be discovered. Thanks for this one John.

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  2. Great to see history preserved like this...so nicely presented.

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  3. Interesting stories to read only mankind never learns something from the past apparently. Wars go on and on in the world.

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  4. Interesting post.

    Such a crazy period of American history.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  5. lots of great fencery among that history. so sad to think of all the lives lost, folks never knowing what happened to their loved ones, property destroyed and pillaged.

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  6. excellent post John. So sad about the nineteen soldiers. beautiful images. I would love to visit here.

    PS this would be a great post to link to good fences.

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  7. a sad history no doubt, but rests in a nice place.

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  8. I just cannot imagine living where there is a war going on around me!

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  9. What a great place to visit.

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  10. Well, apparently it is on my end, cause these photos don't load either. Well, maybe blogger's end. I could see them last night.

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  11. A lot of history here.
    Happy Good Fences.

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  12. It truly is hard to imagine how terrible the place must have looked at the end of the war.

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  13. What a lovely place with such a sad history. Beautiful photos.

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  14. It is sad that such a beautiful place was once a battlefield. I like the fence in the third shot! They are all wonderful images, thanks for sharing.

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  15. Appomattox does look peaceful there now, and very well tended it is too, with some nice fencing. The printing presses, and the old black and white pictures, are sobering, but it's an important piece of your history, one that should not be forgotten. I'm glad it's being preserved.

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