“Myths About Lee’s Surrender,” Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2017 Lecture Series (4/23/2017)

Presented by Patrick Schroeder, Historian, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park,
Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 pm, St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA.

The Lovettsville Historical Society will continue its 2017 Lecture Series with a presentation on Sunday, April 23, regarding the events at Appomattox in the spring of 1865 entitled, “Myth’s About Lee’s Surrender” by Patrick Schroeder, Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  Mr. Schroeder has lectured and written extensively about the events surrounding Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

Separating myth from fact, Mr. Schroeder will discuss what really happened at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.  He will describe many of the commonly-held mythical stories that have grown up around Appomattox, and then tell what actually happened. You may be surprised at what you thought you knew about the end of the Civil War!

A few of the topics that will be discussed include: Why did Lee surrender at Appomattox? Did Lee surrender under an apple tree? Was there fighting prior to Lee’s surrender? Did General Custer receive the truce flag? What were the numbers of Lee’s army when he surrendered? Where did the last Confederate surrender take place?

The program will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, Va., at 2:00 p.m.   Admission is free, but donations are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.  For more information on our lecture series, museum, and other activities, see www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org.


Patrick Schroeder, historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.