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Recollections & Reminiscences of Old Appomattox County and Its People

By George T. Peers

        Tragedy struck the tiny hamlet of Appomattox Court House in 1892 when the courthouse building burned, destroying the county records. However, were it not for this terrible occurrence, we would not have this fascinating account set down by County Clerk George T. Peers. As one of the area's oldest citizens at the time, Peers was asked to write down his recollections of the early days of the county. So he set down this congenial account. Peers was eminently suited to the task. A life long resident of Appomattox County, deputy sheriff, sheriff, and on July 1, 1860, Peers became Clerk of the Court--a post he held for over forty years. By the time of the Civil War, Peers and his family resided in the village near the "Surrender Triangle." The rush of troops, the swirl of battle, and the thunder of artillery all passed around his house—the final cannon shots being fired from his yard. The stacking of arms that took place on the morning of April 12, 1865, and troops lined the Stage Road just outside the Peers' residence. After the armies departed, Peers resumed his duties. Peers confessed an inability to write well--having devoted little time to “literary matters”, but the information related is a veritable gold mine. The stories and incidents of the county and its people are priceless. He tells of the Civil War, relating information the units raised in Appomattox, and describing the importance of "salt day." His reminisces of those fateful April days of 1865 when the armies converged on the village are unique and insightful. Peers' account is one of the few civilian accounts to tell what occurred in Appomattox itself during those trying days. This work will prove of continued interest to present and future generations. Without Peers' written recollections, these valuable segments of county and national history would have vanished forever. This 40-page book has a soft cover with 26 pictures and sketches. $5.00  ISBN-1-889246-12-3.

Civil War books Schroeder Publications Recollections of Old Appomattox

Recollections & Reminiscences of Old Appomattox County and Its People

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