The Surrender at Appomattox
(The Long Road Home...)

Appomattox, VA

April 10 - 12, 2015

Ten years after our last visit, the First Long Island returned to Appomattox to close out the last battle of the 150th Anniversaries and to participate in a most historic reenactment of the surrender of Lee's Army at Appomattox Courthouse. While we had sunny, clear weather for the weekend the preceeding week of rain made the hilly acreage hosting the reenactment a quagmire of red Virginia mud. The 67th NY formed the second company of Colonel Young's Second Brigade of the U.S. Volunteers. On Saturday we wound up fighting not one but two battles due to some 'miscommunication' however the true finale for the weekend was on Sunday. The U.S.V.'s were granted the privilege of representing the Union at one of three surrender ceremonies held on Sunday. We boarded buses for the two mile drive to Appomattox Court House, formed up, marched down the road into town, lined up either side of the road as the Confederate armies marched in from the other direction, stacked their arms, furled their flags, dropped their accoutrements and marched off to our brass band playing 'Auld Lang Syne'. It was a moving moment even for the bluest of Yankees. None of us regretted the 10 to 12 hour trip to and from as this was unforgettable moment that save for our youngest of members will never experience again.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Luchsinger for the still photography and to Aniella Badamo for filming Saturday's afternoon battle and the surrender ceremonies on Sunday.

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Friday evening Confederates are ready Evening mists Early Saturday morning Training the Protege Raising the 69th PA Colors Our turn Sewing diamonds The Boyle Brothers A scene from the 69th PA Training the Fresh Fish Spies in the distance Thumbs Up The Lieutenant is ready Our Grand National and Regimental Waiting Sean Unloads Officer huddle Stacking Arms Armless, heading for battalion drill Red Sinks The Greater USV Sam Grant Marching Out to Battle Lt. Stillwell with 2nd Sgt. Kent Our first sight of the enemy The Confederates moving forward