Signing at Appomattox Courthouse
The Appomattox Courthouse was not a court house! It was the home of Wilmer McLean in Appomattox Court House, Virgina. It was a small rural area where Wilmer went to build a home that wouldn't get destroyed by a battle. (which had happened to him twice.)
The signing took place April 9, 1865 and lasted about an hour and a half
Lets go back a little to why and how this happened!
Grant and Sherdian approached Richmond from the west, while Sherman was approaching from the south.
They encircled Lee and he had no choice but to be killed with his army or surrender
When President Davis heard that Lee had been overcome by Grant he and his government left their capital and set it afire.
Lets get the heck out of here!
Right behind you sir!
Lee and Grant met at McLean's house to surrender. The terms requested by Lincoln were generous, saying that Grant paroled Lee's soldiers and sent them home with personal possessions, horses, and three days rations.
After 4 years 630,000 deaths and over 1 million casualties General Robert E. Lee surrender the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Lietutenant General Grant. 2 months later the civil war was over after the confederate resistance collapsed.