In early April of 1865, the Union army broke through the lines at Petersburg Virginia, forcing Robert E Lee’s confederate army to attempt a retreat west and south in order to link up with other rebel forces, in order to prolong their defeat and make one last effort to win the war.
The two days before Lee agreed to meet with Grant started the final act in the fighting in Virginia that would come to a head in the town of Appomattox Court House, in the home of Wilmer McClean, where the two leading generals would meet to discuss terms of surrender of that portion of the Confederate States Army, known as The Army Of Northern Virginia. An exchange of letters led to a face to face meeting between General Lee and General Grant, which influenced further surrenders and the outbreak of peace by the end of May that year.
Discuss with General Grant some of the finer details of the meeting which led Robert E Lee to surrender his army, ending the fighting in Virginia during the civil war. The letters exchanged are merely the very public face of how the meeting comes about, and US Grant will be sharing some of inner workings that lead to this momentous day, along with notable anecdotes from the meeting itself and right after.
Sponsored by The Woman's Club of Quakertown.
The programs are free to the community, and no preregistration is required.
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Large Meeting Room of the Quakertown Library 401 W Mill Street Quakertown, PA