The Montgomery Advertiser reports today as follows: “The sword that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee had at his side when he surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant is returning to Appomattox as the centerpiece of a new museum examining the post-Civil War struggle to heal the nation”.
Yes, the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond is opening a satellite branch at Appomattox on April 1 to display to the public the thousands of articles that have been in the Richmond museum archives, many of which have not been seen by the public before.
Lee’s sword has been freshly conserved and now sparkles, from the lion head on its pommel to the gilded relief on its steel blade. It has an ivory grip, and oh, the stories “it could have told”!
In all, 454 uniforms, muskets, swords, documents, flags and other artifacts will be displayed at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox. Waite Rawls said “Appomattox is one of those words you can say anywhere in the world and people know what you’re talking about, like Waterloo”. How appropriate to now have a museum on the site. I think its a “must see”, don’t you?