The American Civil War Museum

Permanent Exhibition

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RWD worked closely with the American Civil War Museum to create a permanent exhibition that demonstrates the significance of why and how the surrender happened at Appomattox. Portraits of over one hundred people show individual stories from the battlefield to the home front. The 11,700 square foot building is the largest single capital project in the nation constructed during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The grand opening was March 31, 2012.

The permanent exhibit features the sword and uniform worn by General Lee when he met General Grant at the McLean House; the pen he used to sign the document of surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia; and the parole signed by Lee and his staff. One of ten interactive workstations allows visitors to search for an ancestor who may have been present at the surrender.


The American Civil War Museum


Appomattox, Virginia

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