McLean House and Farm Civil War Trails Site

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The home of the Wilmer McLean stood near this intersection and became the headquarters for Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard July 18, 1861, when the Battle of Blackburn's Ford erupted.

The battle was a prelude to the Battle of Manassas a few days later. The home sustained damage during the July 18 fighting with subsequent occupation and nearby skirmishing devastating the property.

McLean eventually moved his family to Appomattox Court House to get out of the war. But his home again was invaded April 9, 1965, during the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army. McLean's plight gave rise to the popular saying, 'The war started in his front lawn and ended in his front parlor'.

McLean House and Farm Civil War Trails Site

Appomattox, VA 24522

Appomattox County, VA


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