April 10-12, 2015
The surrender of Robert E Lee's Army at Appomattox Virginia marked the final victory of the
Army of The Potomac and the end of the war for the 69th Pa. Only 56 men of the original 1006
who had left Philadelphia in September 1861 remained when the Appomattox surrender came.
The heavy losses in killed and wounded as well as disease and capture had whittled away the
proud Irish regiment. It was especially important to have a large contingent of men and woman
from the 69th attend this 150th event. The "Irish Volunteers" fielded the largest company at the
ceremonies. Amidst all of the activity of that weekend the 69th took time to gather and honor
the 56 who made it to Appomattox by calling, soldier by soldier, that final roll. At the event the
69th ladies helped feed ham, biscuits and coffee to the ragged rebel prisoners and the 69th
band played two sets at the village.
The Appomattox 150th event was planned by the USV to be a blend of "Living History";
infantry battles; a feeding of the surrendered Confederates and a march down the original
Lynchburg-Richmond Stage Road traveled by Chamberlain's troops into Appomattox village to
receive the arms and flags of the surrendered Confederate army.
OUR CAMP AT APPOMATTOX 150TH
LINED UP FOR BATTLE
The 69th Ceremony at Appomattox - "The 56"
Marching on The Lynchburg-Richmond Stage Road
The recreation of the "Feeding of the Confederates"