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April 9, 2015

150th Anniversary of Appomattox

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

April 9, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House, the final engagement of the Civil War in Virginia. It was also the last battle fought between Gen. Robert E. Lee and Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Lee signed surrender papers later that afternoon at the home of Wilmer McLean.

This first day issue broadside and pane of Civil War Centennial stamps commemorates Lee’s surrender of his Army of Northern Virginia. They were gifted to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1965 by the stamp’s designer, Leonard Fellman.

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