Raynors HCA 2019-09
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The Albert Campbell Six Piece Collection Includes An Apple Tree relic. First letter is a draft of one from Campbell to General G.W. Custis Lee, January 25, 1875. In this he gives the circumstances about the historic apple tree near the McLean house at Appomattox. Campbell notes that a book by Rev. J. William Jones assumed that the only historic interest in the apple tree was that the surrender was signed under it. We know it was signed in the parlor of the McLean house. Campbell describes the day which he spent with General Lee, and notes that it was warm, so they used fence rails to make a place to sit in the shade of the tree. Campbell states that Lee "...sat on some rails... from, I should think 9 am or so to nearly sundown receiving several visits from his own & Federal officers in the meantimes....I have a most vivid recollections of that day's scene around that "historic" apple-tree and I should be very loathe to have it passed into fiction, for I perhaps was one of the very first to cut a small 'memorial' twig from its branches which I still possess and cherish dearly & I think I am correct in the main as to the time during which Gen'l. Lee remained under that tree." ... plus, The second letter is from J. William Jones, on Office Southern Historical Society letterhead, with cover, dated January 29, 1875. Jones tells Campbell that he has spoken with General Custis Lee and thanks him for the information. He notes that his point in the apple tree story was that it was not the location of the signing of the surrender, not that Lee was not there. “My point however was not so much as to the length of time Gen’l. lee remained under the apple tree, as that he did not meet Grant there....” ... plus, Then of course, we have the 3-1/2” Apple Tree Twig from Appomattox housed in a modern box. ... plus, A large mounted albumen, 8-1/2” x 6-1/2” to larger mount. This is the Taylor & Huntington published image of the Brady / Gardner photograph. Penciled ID on front mount, “Penciled caption below, "McLean's House Where Lee Surrendered." ... plus, 5 cents Cavalry suter’s coin, worn.
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Fascinating Grouping Surrounding The Appomattox Surrender and the ‘Apple Tree’ Story

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