From the Wilmer McLean house at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. It was on this table that General Robert Edward Lee 1807-1870 signed the terms of surrender that ended the Civil War.
On April 9, 1865, Confederate general Robert E. Lee sat at this marble-top table and signed a letter accepting General Ulysses S. Grant’s terms of surrender. The terms were generous: Confederate officers and men could go home “not to be disturbed by U.S. authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.” At Lee’s request, the men were allowed to keep their horses, needed for the spring planting. Arrangements were also made to feed Lee’s army from Federal supplies.