Appomattox Day

Screen shot 2014-04-10 at 11.02.14 AMAppomattox Day, in case you’re wondering…was yesterday, April 9th, 2014. Not many really “celebrate” this day anymore – though it is often commemorated – especially owing to its clear reconciliationist overtones. But not too terribly long ago, this day was celebrated with great joy and truimphalism by Union veterans – particularly those who fought with the Army of the Potomac – as the day the forces of the United States suppressed a domestic rebellion.

Not for nothin’ my fellow citizens – happy (belated) Appomattox Day!

With compliments,

Keith

3 thoughts on “Appomattox Day”

  1. Just curious. I’ve heard that in the direct postwar years, Appomattox Day was celebrated by African American communities, along the lines of Juneteenth. I was just wondering since this was the main Union army that had African American troops that not only served but fought with distinction.**

    **Obviously there were African American troops scattered throughout the Union army, but the Army of the Potomac secured the greatest victory at Appomattox and had a number of USCT regiments within its ranks.

    1. Most certainly – as black veterans and civilians recognized the army as one of liberation and celebrated the day of surrender of the most important Confederate Army accordingly. Barbara Gannon would be the one to ask here. She is the expert on such things.

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