Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 85
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 85

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Of the rounds aimed at the McLean house, the first and second cannon balls missed the house, according to Gen. Alexander, who later wrote that they were the first rounds he saw fired in the war. But the third or fourth cannon ball went through the kitchen where servants were preparing a meal for Gen. Beauregard. After the battle, the armies moved back and · forth over the McLean farmland' until it was impossible for the McLean family to live there. To escape the armies, the family moved from Bull Run. Eventually, in 1863, Wilmer McLean purchased the second McLean home at the village of Appomattox Court House. Since Appomattox Court House was two-hundred miles away from Bull Run, Wilmer McLean felt he and his family would be safe. But four-years later, on April 18, 1865, the second McLean home stood in peril of what promised to be the final and most vicious battle of the war.. The Union armies, under the command of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, had p u s h e d the A r m y of Northern Virginia, under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee, into a box. · As Cornelius Garner, 38th Regiment of the United States Infantry, said in effect: "We chased Lee from Petersburg (Virginia) to Appomattox. Lee attacked our lines seven times, trying to break out. But we bottled him up. He couldn't go backwards, forwards, or sideways." Gen. Lee's army was boxed in on April 8,1863, and the second McLean house was in the center of the box. Trying to break out of the box on A p r i l 0, 2,400 Confederate cavalry attacked the earthenworks of the Federal cavalry at Bent Creek Road. By eight that morning, Lee's supplies had been destroyed. Gen. P. H. Sheridan had cut off his escape route. And Grant's army was pressing his flanks. Although it now seemed hopeless, the gray lines of Confederate soldiers dug in along the contours of the hill country of Appomattox. Then they readied themselves for a relentless defensive battle. The Federal soldiers, just as determined, formed their blue lines opposite the Confederates, sometimes only yards apart. Then the Federals readied themselves for the final con- f l a g r a t i o n that would squeeze the last life out of the Army of Northern Virginia. . An omen for the deaths of thousands of the soldiers seemed to be hanging in the air. . · Suddenly a soldier on horseback burst down the narrow strip of "no-mans- land" separating the blue and gray armies. His horse galloped down the strip of land with the speed of a horse nosing out the Kentucky Derby, and a white flag was waving from a stick he was holding in his hand. The rider, wearing a gray uniform, swiftly passed the awe-struck soldiers and faded into the blue lines of the Union army. Later that day, Grant and Lee met under an apple tree, according to Capt.. Bob Durham, A r m y of the Potomac. Lee was weraing a new uniform with a lot of gold braid. Grant was wearing an old blue coat. Lee tipped his hat first. Then Grant tipped his. Lee got off his horse. Then Grant got off his. After they talked for half- an-hour under the apple tree, they shook hands. Then they walked to the McLean house, according to Cornelius Garner. Gen. Lee later signed the papers of surrender in the second home of Wilmer McLean. To visit the second McLean house, you could travel a moderate distance out of your way to the village of Appomattox Court House. Appomattox "Court House, now a National Historical Park, is open daily, except ·Ucc. 25. There are adjacent picnic tables and camping areas near the park, on Virginia highway 24, three-miles northeast of the town of Appomattox. SEA GUU MOTEL ON THE OCEAN FRONT · New luxurious · TV in All Uniti · 1 2 Room Efficiencies · Fully Air-Conditioned · Roorm . ' ' · Pool Kiddie Pool · Carpeting Throughout · Golf Privileges · Moid Service · Private Balconies Polios For R«Mrvationt Writ*: SEA GULL MOTEL M I.« MM. HOWARD III, MCIS. Cherry Grove Secnm N.fth Myrtle) toch, S.C. 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