Still The Guns


Appomattox Court House, Virginia  April 9, 1865 — Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant and his staff watch General Robert E. Lee’s departure from the McLean House following the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Officers shown in Dale Gallon’s  “Still the Guns”

Standing to the right of the window: (Left to right) Orville Babcock, Horace Porter, Edward O.C. Ord, Ely Parker and George Custer

Standing to the right of the white post:  Phil Sheridan

In doorway: Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant

On bottom step of porch: General Robert E Lee

Mounted: Charles Marshall, Lee’s aide

Appomattox Court House, Virginia – April 9, 1865
As an inspiration for “Still the Guns” I used the description the moment the Civil War ended written by Brevet Brigadier General USA Horace Porter (taken from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War Vol.4) In my painting, I have included some of Grant’s staff that were present at the surrender: Phillip Sheridan, Edward O.C. Ord, Ely Parker, George Custer, Orville Babcock & Seth Williams. Porter indicates that after the signing some of the staff moved to the porch of the McClean house to watch General Lee’s departure. Porter’s description is quite detailed and I wonder just how accurate it can be considering the emotion of the moment.

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