Appomattox, Virginia: Robert E. Lee's Surrender Sword

On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered his forces to the Union at Appomattox. His jewel-studded sword and uniform are on display, although this Southern museum makes sure you know Gen. Grant didn't take it from Lee in his "We give up!" moment.

Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox

159 Horseshoe Rd, Appomattox, VA
At the Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox. On Horseshoe Rd, just north of Hwy 24, near its intersection with US Hwy 460.
Daily 10 am - 5 pm (Call to verify)
Adults $10
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Robert E. Lee's Surrender Sword

This was a very interesting stop. There are plenty of things to see here, but make sure you come during the spring and summer months, as we visited in December and the Museum of the Confederacy was the only one open.

[Chris, 12/29/2014]
Robert E. Lee's Surrender Sword

Robert E. Lee wore his best sword and uniform when he essentially surrendered the Confederacy on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox. The sword and uniform are bittersweet centerpieces of the new Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox, which opened on March 31, 2012. The museum is the first of three satellite locations that the original Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond plans to open over the next few years, in an attempt to disperse its collection to geographically relevant locations. In addition to the sword, which the museum stresses was never actually surrendered by Lee, there are also displays of several uniforms punctured with bullet holes, and an interactive exhibit that lets you design your own Confederate flag.

[ Team, 04/01/2012]

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