Our son Jon has been involved with Civil War history for many years back in Burke, Virginia where he and his family live on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Here is what he posted today on Facebook: "150 years ago, today, the Army of Northern Virginia was surrendered at Appomattox Court House. Today, the Artillery received their pardons. Tomorrow, the Cavalry received their pardons. The day after tomorrow, the Infantry received their pardons. And then the long journey home began. Many, if not most, returned to their homes, only to find the home and property wasted and worn. Some, way too many, returned to find their home abandoned, with too many graves in the family burial ground, new since the soldier left home to go off to war.
Today is a day of a cornucopia of emotions. But it makes one very proud to be an American is that, when there was a real potential for this country to fall into guerrilla warfare, General Lee instructed his men to go home and be good American citizens. God Bless America."