A Place Called Appomattox by William Marvel

By William Marvel

In a spot referred to as Appomattox, William wonder turns his broad Civil warfare scholarship towards Appomattox County, Virginia, and the village of Appomattox court docket condo, which grew to become synonymous with the tip of the Civil warfare while Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. supply there in 1865.  surprise offers a formidably researched and assuredly written research of the county from 1848 to 1877, utilizing it as a microcosm of Southern attitudes, category matters, and transferring cultural mores that formed the Civil warfare and its denouement.With an eye fixed towards correcting cultural myths and enriching the historic list, wonder analyzes the increase and fall of the village and county from 1848 to 1877, detailing the household financial and social vicissitudes of the village, and surroundings the level for the flight of Lee’s military towards Appomattox and the climactic hand over that also resonates today.Now to be had for the 1st time in paperback, a spot known as Appomattox finds a brand new view of the Civil conflict, tackling the various thorniest concerns frequently ignored via the nostalgic exaggerations and ancient misconceptions that encompass Lee’s surrender.  (20080604)

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Barely two dozen people, a slight preponderance of them slaves, occupied each square mile of the county. If the relative isolation did not satisfy the white residents they at least accepted it, while the slaves had no choice. Three-quarters of the employed white males still supported themselves and their families by farming, with the usual sprinkling of doctors, lawyers, clergymen, teachers, and artisans, for many of whom the more technical calling merely supplemented their farm income. It was not unusual for that time and region that the county had more clergymen or tanners than lawyers, and fewer teachers than blacksmiths, shoemakers, or wheelwrights.

John Raine now shared his role of innkeeper with his oldest son, George, who would manage this latest establishment. Like Wright’s house and the Patteson tavern, this house would be brick, with chimneys climbing up either side wall; children from the surrounding countryside watched as the bricks were formed and baked right there in the yard. It sat facing into a gentle slope south of the stage road, with its cellar largely above ground. The cellar contained the winter kitchen on one side and on the other a big room that could serve either as a dining hall or an additional bedroom; above this were two more floors, on each of which two spacious rooms faced each other across a central hallway.

His credit had worn thin on all fronts, and he needed cash for expenses that others might have charged. The previous spring he had borrowed $3,000 from his younger brother, an unmarried doctor. 16 For Samuel McDearmon, the answer to entrepreneurial woes was more enterprise. Another opportunity offered itself in the summer of 1851, when the Southside Railroad first crossed the Appomattox River below Farmville. There, for the first time west of Petersburg, Chief Engineer C. O. Sanford encountered a serious topographical difficulty.

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