Our Finest Appomattox Court House Letter dated April 14th, 1865 describing the Apple Tree under which General Lee Initially met U. S. Grant & Sending a Piece of that Tree!
In this 2-page letter in ink that William A. Stiffey sends home to his brother he mentions that the paper he is writing on was taken by him at Appomattox Court House. In the letter William states:
“Lee surrendered the Army of Virginia to U. S. Grant under an apple tree which since that time has been dug up, root & branch, and are kept as relics or trophies of that memorable event Sabbath evening, 3 V.2 o’clock, probably 4 o’clock April 9”,1865.”
Along with the letter is a 6 1/2 inch piece of apple tree with a period tag attached: “A piece of the Apple Tree under which Gen. Lee surrendered.” For display we have added a yellow mount stereoview showing the spot where that apple tree once stood. William Stiffey served as an Assistant to Quarter Master A. B. Lawrence. It was Lawrence who after the war presented many pieces of Confederate currency that he collected at Appomattox as souvenirs! A truly historic collection written the day that Lincoln would be shot.
ALSO INCLUDED: An early (yellow mount) stereoview: “Place where Gen. Lee Surrendered, Appomattox, Va.” It shows a tree setting where the famous “apple tree” once stood… before being decimated for souvenirs!
#A571 – Price $3,295