Thursday, May 3, 2018
Immersed in History Book Research Appomattox Court House
I was so impressed by what I learned... how Lincoln met with influential army officers offshore and when asked what to do with the prisoners when Lee surrendered.... which they figured was going to happen soon... he said "There will be no prisoners. People have suffered enough."
They set up printing presses in the living room of the McClean farmhouse in Appomattox Court House, a small town not far from Lynchburg, Virginia. They printed over 26,000 pardons. They strung clotheslines across the living room and hung the pardon sheets over them to dry... then cut them to size, a few pardons to each sheet. The soldiers laid down their arms, accepted their pardon papers, and went home. With their horses, no less. Lincoln's proclamation that there had been enough grief and sorrow began the long healing process.
This is a selfie with a regular camera, LOL! That's Dave back there by the farmhouse, but I know my kids were doing selfies long before there were cell phones, so I tried it and you know what I discovered?
I have a lot of cheeks!!! :)
The general store, filled with potions.... and dry goods. Candles, oils, some dishes and cookware, spices, herbs.... and barrels and buckets of salable goods.
I felt like I'd just walked into Olson's Mercantile in Little House on the Prairie! Or Ike Godsey's store on Walton's Mountain.
For a quick visit/tour, I was able to glean some interesting facts about that period, and I also studied the set up of the homes, village, etc. 1865 to 1900 is a time that interests me.... and I've set several novellas there. Next year I'm hoping to indie publish a three-book series set in the pioneer west....because this walk into the past really shows us how to be strong for our future!
What historical places have you visited? What did you love? And... what surprised you most?
Multi-published award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne loves writing stories, old and new. She loves to cook, bake and create, so old kitchens and stores draw her like a moth to a flame! Follow her on Twitter, friend her on facebook or swing by her website to see what's going on with her books... and with her pumpkin farm in Western New York.