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“End of the War Between Brothers” 5 of 5 bubbles
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McLean House
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Owner description: Historical site where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in 1865.
Vidor, Texas
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136 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“End of the War Between Brothers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Really a serene place. The original home was dismantled to be reconstructed in Washington DC but funds fell through and it laid in pieces for years. Only a few hundred of the bricks are original. However, they kept meticulous records for the planned reconstruction in DC and these were used to reconstruct the home to look exactly the same. A few original pieces of furniture are still there on display. Great piece of history and a must see for any Civil War historian.

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Matthews, NC
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73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“What a feeling to see where the war ended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

To see the room where Lee surrendered, ending the war was somber. There is an atmosphere in the building of solemnity.

Visited July 2014
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Auburn
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Standing Where History was made....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The McLean House is a three-story home where General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865.

In summer 1861, Wilmer McLean and his family lived in Manassas, Virginia. His house was on the outskirts of the battlefield, and was used as Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard’s headquarters. After the battle, McLean began selling sugar to the Confederate Army, and moved to Appomattox Court House where he believed he would be able to avoid the fighting and the Union occupation, which impeded his work.

A Union officer chose the McLean House for the meeting between Grant and Lee because it was the most impressive residence in the village. After the war, McLean would famously observe that "The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor."

Visited April 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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104 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Excellent - part of the Appomattox National Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

A home where the owner left from Northern Virginia with his son and daughters to escape the war, and then the war came into his home with the signing of the surrender of General Lee's army to General Grant (American Civil War). Period furnishings in the rooms.

Visited June 2014
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Dousman, Wisconsin
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241 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Good history lesson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Never thought I'd get here but I did and I am not sorry. What a great piece of American history. You will need to spend at least a couple of hours here. Do have a park ranger give your the tour. Can't miss the most important part of this house and that would be the parlor. They did an excellent job of refurnishing it with period pieces since most of Mr McLeans furniture was taken as remebrances of the great event. Don't miss the museum and movie in the "court House".

Visited May 2014
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