Thursday, July 9, 2015

You Can't Outrun Fate...!

Sometimes you just can't get out of the way of things that are destined to be.

This poor family had no say-so about the unfortunate incidents that pretty much destroyed their lives. Sometimes running to another place just isn't enough.

The Civil War began in Wilmer McLean’s front yard…and ended in his front parlor.

Wilmer McLean's home in Appomattox, Virginia.

In the summer of 1861, Wilmer McLean and his family were living on his wife’s plantation near Manassas Junction, Virginia. As Union forces approached, Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard took over the farm as his headquarters. On July 21, 1861, Confederate and Union troops clashed in the first major battle of the Civil War along the small stream known as Bull Run, which ran through McLean’s property. A second major battle—the Second Battle of Bull Run—took place on the same ground in August 1862.

By the end of 1863, McLean and his family had relocated to the small hamlet of Appomattox Court House, some 120 miles southwest of Manassas Junction. McLean, who supplied sugar to the Confederate Army, was in Appomattox on April 9, 1865, when Confederate Colonel Charles Marshal approached him for assistance finding a suitable place to host a meeting between General Robert E. Lee and his Union counterpart, Ulysses S. Grant. That afternoon, Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Grant in McLean’s parlor, which Union troops later stripped for mementoes of the historic occasion. McLean put the “Surrender House” on the market a year later. He wanted to return to Manassas, which he did in 1867, though he never sold the Appomattox house. Instead, he defaulted on the property, and it was sold at public auction in 1869. Now operated by the National Park Service, the McLean Home opened to the public in 1949.

This poor family was fated to be part of the civil war, no matter what they did. Some things are just meant to be, I reckon.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. It's hot but not raining!


Chickenmom said...

Very interesting, Mr. Hermit! You always send me looking for more information. Lots more about this famous house at the National Parks site. Raining here. Again.

Sixbears said...

Sometimes events overrun you, no matter what you do.

linda m said...

I call it Karma. At least he and his family are noted in history books. And every one can find his house. Still cooler temps here again today. Good day to mow the lawn.

Rob said...

I met a gentleman who left Austria in the 1930's, he told me his family saw what was coming and thought the Philippine Islands would be safe place.

JO said...

war is never a nice thing is it?
Had a storm hit here around 2 am and it is cold and still raining. Your patio sounds like a better place to be for coffee this morning

Mamahen said...

In interesting as always.....rain rain rain....where is summer :))