by www.appomattoxnews.com on 10/08/12 at 12:00 am
The city of Appomattox is located near the place where Lee surrendered to Grant, effectively ending the Civil War. While this area is rich in history for many other reasons, most visitors come here to visit Civil War memorials.
Many lives were lost in the Civil War. Just like any battle, the times were very hard on the soldiers, the fighting very intense, and the burden on both sides often too hard to bear. People that come to visit this site should honor those fallen soldiers from both sides of the war, using this time to pay respect.
When you are visiting these sites, it is not acceptable behavior to be loud and rude. It is not acceptable to start with rebel rhetoric, such as “The South shall rise again,” and it is not acceptable to act disparaging towards either side of the conflict. It is not appropriate to deface, diminish, or otherwise corrupt any of the historical places that represent the Civil War in the area.
The Civil War was a very important war in American history, but it was also very brutal. All those who fell from fighting, regardless of rank, residence or belief, should be honored for what they are: an American soldier.