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McLean House

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Categories : Civil War, Historical

On July 21, 1861, the first major battle of the American Civil War took place on farmland owned by Wilmer McLean. It was called the First Battle of Bull Run. Seeking to get away from the war, McLean, who was retired, moved his family to Clover Hill, Virginia. The village was later renamed to Appomattox Court House, and a few years later, on April 9, 1865, the war once again returned to McLean’s property when his home was the sight of the unconditional surrender of the Confederate forces. Thus, it can be said that the Civil War started and ended on the property of Wilmer McLean, although neither of these statements is entirely accurate as hostilities took place both before the First Battle of Bull Run and after the surrender at Appomattox Court House.

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