Eleven-year old Willie McLean just knew General Robert E. Lee would defeat the Yankees at the battle being fought in his own backyard at Appomattox. Instead, in the McLean living room, his hero surrendered; signaling the beginning of the end of the War Between the States. For Willie, the events of that day signaled a stark end to boyhood.
Willie McLean and the Civil War Surrender
By Candice Ransom
Illustrated by Jeni Reeves
Carolrhoda Books © 2005
For Ages 6-8