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The Civil War: Rethinking Appomattox

Charlottesville, Virginia
Saturday, February 15, 2014

Author and University of Virginia history professor Elizabeth Varon discusses her book, “Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War.” She talks about the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9th, 1865, and details what she contends are the two generals’ differing interpretations of the surrender terms. Ms. Varon argues that the popular romanticized understanding of the surrender as a grand moment of reconciliation conceals the true ideological struggle over the war’s causes and meaning. The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs hosted this event.
 

Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:37am (ET)

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