Appomattox: Epic Surrender

This very moving article by American Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, writer, and journalist Virginius Dabney, published 90 years after the signing of the surrender documents of General Lee after the Battle of Appomattox Court House, describes the events surrounding one of the last battles in the American Civil War. The signing itself occurred at McLean House near the Appomattox County seat; and that historical area was designated as a National Park. I transcribed the article in Anniversary Gregg for the blog.

Attachment: appomattox-epic-surrender.pdf

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  1. Another nice bit of American history captured in this piece.  I had lots of problems with the names but eventually found a digital version of the the original article which helped me.  It also helped with the military terms she used.  It became a lesson in English too (the true meaning of "parole", and then "antebellum" which I doubt I will ever use again; but "tasseling" seemed to be one she made up herself — and I would never associate tassels with oak trees).  And some of your phrasing really had me stumped, but it is nice to see how far one can take it

    Regarding the names of places: I gather that schools in USA teach their pupils to learn the name of every state (one up on us British who couldn't name half of our counties).  I got that from reading Peanuts cartoons.  Incidentally, when Snoopy was sitting on his dog house dictating a letter to Woodstock (the bird, acting then as his secretary), Woodstock used Gregg shorthand to take notes.


    1. Glad you liked it. Proper names can sometimes cause problems, especially if one is not familiar with the subject. I actually debated whether to use the shorthand shortcut for Winston Churchill or not (oo hook-e-n intersected ch), but eventually decided to go for the full name spelling to make it easier to read, even though the shortcut is easier and quicker to write.

      Yes, in the U.S. students are supposed to know the names of states and their state capitals: at least that was the way it was when I was in school …

      Lastly, you can see some of the Peanuts shorthand here, here, and here.

      1. Those cartoons were good.  I had not seen two of them — and didn't know that Linus did shorthand (though he was the most 'intelligent' of all the characters, even knowing about pumpkins!).

        There are few shortened names I recognise or use myself, so glad you didn't shorten Churchill.

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