April 10, 2017
Timothy H. O’Sullivan (1840-1882), View on the Appomattox River, Near Campbell’s Bridge, Petersburg, VA, 1865, albumen silver print, 7 x 9 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Michael and Joani Cannon, 2002.
Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Confederate troops during the American Civil War, surrendered to Union commander General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, thereby ending the American Civil War. Robert E. Lee addressed his troops for the last time the following day, April 10. The official surrender between Lee and Grant took place at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Photographer Timothy H. O’Sullivan, a photographer during the war, captured this image of Appomattox Court House sometime in 1865.