campus at noon, including visits to the
memorials and burial sites of the 10 cadets
who died in the Battle of New Market.
After the war, Confederate Gen. Robert
E. Lee became president of the adjacent
Washington & Lee University, which was
endowed by George Washington. At the
Lee Chapel and Museum (www.wlu.
edu/lee-chapel-and-museum), you can sit
in the pew where Lee spent each morning during chapel worship; walk through
Lee’s o;ce; and visit the crypt where
he and his family are buried, as well as
the burial site of his horse, Traveller.
On April 9, 1865, after four years of
bloodshed, Gen. Lee extended to Gen.
Ulysses S. Grant one of the most impor-
tant handshakes in our nation’s history.
At Appomattox Court House National
Historical Park ( nps.gov/apco), visitors
can see the historic village, including
the McLean House where the surrender
took place, and hike short or long trails
past such sites as Lee’s headquarters
and the location of his last attack. Park
personnel o;er living-history experi-
ences from May to October, including
historic character programs, weapons
demonstrations and period-music per-
formances. One of the most moving
scenes can be viewed just up the road:
;e Confederate cemetery is the final
resting place for 18 Confederate sol-
diers and one unknown Yankee who
was found after the other Union dead
had been taken elsewhere.
As the former capital of the Confederacy,
Richmond is known for many emblems of
Civil War history: giant statues of Confederate figures along Monument Avenue;
the Tredegar Iron Works; the White
House of the Confederacy; the American Civil War Museum (ac wm.org ); and a
90-foot granite pyramid commemorating
18,000 Confederate enlisted men buried
nearby at Hollywood Cemetery (holly
woodcemetery.org), situated atop a blu;
overlooking the James River. ;e cemetery holds the graves of Confederate
officers Jefferson Davis, J.E.B. Stuart
and George Pickett. But then there’s
the really o;-the-beaten path history,
up on Shockoe Hill—the only Jewish
military cemetery outside of Israel,
called simply the Hebrew Confederate
Cemetery ( bethahabah.org/heritage/
hebrew-cemetery/). Experts say up to
3,000 Confederates were Jewish, and 30
of them are buried here.
Richmond’s American Civil War Museum