The depression before you is the trace of the old Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road. Gen. Robert E. Lee rode this route both to and from his meeting with Grant on April 9, 1865. His return to the army - as he passed towards his headquarters atop the ridge in front of you - turned poignant when hundreds of Confederate soldiers surged around him.
"houts sank into silence, every hat was raised, and the bronzed faces of the thousands of grim warriors were bathed with tears? [They] pressed around the noble chief, trying to take his hand, touch his person, or even lay a hand upon his horse?
"The general then, with head bare and tears flowing freely down his manly cheeks, bade adieu to the army. In a few words he told the brave men who had been so true in arms to return to their homes and become worthy citizens."
- Brig. Gen. Armisted L. Long, CSA