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Sesquicentennial

The Sesquicentennial is the 150th Commemoration of the American Civil War. While Appomattox saw the actual surrender, Prince Edward County has multiple sites where the last battles & skirmishes were fought, including The High Bridge, Double Bridges, the Lockett House, and downtown Farmville. Additionally, General Grant, after informally reviewing his troops from atop the Prince Edward Hotel (which no longer exists) decided to send a note to General Lee suggesting the war end now. Lee read Grant's letter, handed it to General Longstreet, who is quoted as saying, "Not yet" and so the war continued for a few hours more, ending at the McLean House in Appomattox.

The following link will take you to the official Virginia's Sesquicentennial site structured to guide the visitor through the entire state of Virginia showing all the battles and key actions that took place. Below the Sesquicentennial logo are more links to pdfs of stories written by local historians about the officially recognized battles, as well as some stories they have been willing to share regarding little known skirmishes and other stories from 150 years ago.

Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission

The Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War


Local Historical Battles (pdf downloads):

Hillsman House circa 1930

The Battle of Sailor's Creek - from Chris Calkins, Sailor's Creek State Park

The High Bridge, circa 1864

The Battle of High Bridge, from Chris Calkins, Sailor's Creek State Park

The Former Prince Edward Hotel courtesy of Bob Flippen

The Events in Farmville - from Chris Calkins, Sailor's Creek State Park

Lockett Farm circa 1930

The Battle of Lockett Farm - from Chris Calkins, Sailor's Creek State Park

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