Evening program at Fort Scott National Historic Site features Lee and Grant

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Contact: Galen Ewing, galen_ewing@nps.gov, (620) 223-0310

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Old Fort Boulevard
Post Office Box 918
Fort Scott KS 66701-0918
(620) 223-0310 phone

Lee and Grant featured for Evening Program at Fort Scott National Historic Site

FORT SCOTT, Kansas: “For all time it will be a good thing …. that of all the Federal generals it fell to Grant to receive the surrender of Lee.” – Confederate Gen. E. P. Alexander

Join us in the Grand Hall at Fort Scott National Historic Site for an evening of entertainment and education while you travel back with two opposing generals, Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and Ulysses S. Grant of the United States Army of the Potomac, as they meet at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, to discuss terms of Lee’s surrender. The end of the Civil War in the East is at hand as is the time for national healing to begin after four long years of bloody conflict.

Randal L. Durbin, portraying Grant, and Lane Smith as Lee, will perform an engaging three-act play of high drama surrounding this long-anticipated meeting of foes. In Part One, "The Road to Appomattox,” set on April 7-8, 1865, Grant and Lee exchange correspondence concerning the surrender of Lee’s army. Part Two, "McLean House," examines their tense face to face meeting on Sunday, April 9, at the McLean home at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, where they discuss the terms of surrender. In Part Three, "The Road from Appomattox," the generals meet again, on Monday, April 10, to sign the Articles of Agreement Relating to the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, which effectively puts an end to the fighting between the two most powerful armies of the American Civil War. Two days later the men of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia stack their arms, fold their battle flags, receive their parole papers, and head for home.

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