Chicago History Museum Will Not Lend Table to Appomattox

Chicago_HistoryThe original marble-topped table General Robert E. Lee used to sign his surrender will not be returning to the McLean House for the 150th anniversary at Appomattox. It was one of the items taken from the house as souvenirs after the surrender, and it has been in storage at the Chicago History Museum. After negotiating for about a year, the Chicago History Museum says it will not lend the table to Appomattox. Instead it will take it out of storage and display it next year in Chicago. Officials with the Appomattox 1865 Foundation are still negotiating with the Smithsonian Institution for a possible loan of the furniture used by General Grant at the surrender.

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