Monday, June 24

We Were There when Grant Met Lee at Appomattox

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More than sixteen months after the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, August 20, 1866, President Andrew Johnson signed a document declaring the official end to the American Civil War...

April 1865, the Union army was advancing through Virginia and the Confederates abandoned Richmond...they were soon cut off from this retreat near the town of Appomattox, Virginia.  Surrounded, and running low on supplies, the Confederates were staring at a bleak situation.  General Lee felt he had no choice but to surrender.

General Grant and General Lee had great respect for each other, and the terms of the surrender were generous.  Confederate soldiers had to turn in their rifles, but they were allowed to keep their horses, were fed a good meal, and were allowed to return home.

It took a while before word got around that the war was over.  On May 5, 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis held the last meeting of his cabinet, officially dissolving the government.  The last Confederate to surrender was General Watie, who did so on June 23rd, nearly three months later. 

Our spine novel for this unit is We Were There when Grant Met Lee at Appomattox

Access the complete unit in the 'We Were There' Novel Studies Bundle!

Includes THIRTY-SIX unit studies covering World & American History. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning the the ancient world through post-WW2.  Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.

  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.

These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!

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