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On the 12th of April 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia marched to the field in front of Appomattox Court-House, stacked their arms, folded their colors, and walked off empty handed to find their distant, blighted homes.

These are detailed and moving first-hand accounts from a number of prominent witnesses to Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox. Listen to accounts from:

Major-General Wesley Merritt, USA
Major-General John Gibbon, USA
Colonel Charles Marshall, Aide-de-Camp and Military Secretary to General R. E. Lee
Brigadier-General E. P. Alexander, CSA
Lt. General James Longstreet, CSA
General Phil Sheridan, USA
Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant

Brilliantly narrated in Northern and Southern accets by a professional actor and gifted voice talent, this unique audiobook vividly brings to life the words and heartfelt sentiments of those who wrote these riveting accounts.

Also included is the "famous telegram" that informed President Lincoln of Lee's surrender.

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  • Mark
  • 26-04-2014

Appomattox as told by the participants

What did you love best about Surrender at Appomattox?

I enjoyed the first person remembrances by members of both armies. These remembrances were not limited to the commanders but also some of the lesser known players.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Surrender at Appomattox?

James Longstreet telling George Custer that "He'd better get back to his own lines". This occurred when Custer, acting on his own initiative, asked for the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Which scene was your favorite?

The interaction between Custer and Longstreet was classic.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The end of "the war" by them that lived it.

Any additional comments?

Short book but it has a wealth of first person insights to the end of the Civil War. Well worth a listen.

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  • Monterey_Jack
  • 09-12-2012

Fascinating Insights On Pivotal Historical Event

Who was your favorite character and why?

The accounts presented furthered my intrigue with both Lee and Grant. Although quiet different, they both exemplified desirable traits found in honorable military leaders. It seemed very certain they had mutual respect for one another which led to as good a final solution as could have been for a bad situation. Based upon the outcome they forged, it makes one wonder how differently U.S. history would have been had Lincoln lived to take what they did in laying a foundation for rebuilding the Nation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As a Southerner and fervent student of this period of United States history, I continue to be moved by both the Confederates dedication to fight for what they believed to be a just cause, and the Northern victors compassion and respect for their former foes. It leads me to suggest that only combatants of character can ever attain such a level based upon their mutual experiences.

Any additional comments?

Having previously listened to Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly, the accounts presented in this work complemented O'Reilly's book and presented many additional details which actually led to a greater appreciation for both works. For those interested in the American Civil War, with all the volumes written about the War, accounts such as this provide a fitting closure.

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  • Gonzilla
  • 12-05-2012

Great material, well edited, disappointing audio

What made the experience of listening to Surrender at Appomattox the most enjoyable?

I like to hear stories from multiple viewpoints. Armies and battles are very complex; no one has the whole truth.

What did you like best about this story?

The presentation of different vantage points.

Did Andrew Mulcare do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?


Any additional comments?

The audio quality was not up to usual audible standards.

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