In 1861, Wilmer McLean was a wholesale grocer from Virginia who was too old to fight in the American Civil War. The ensuing war affected him in a quite extraordinary way however. How was this?

Answer: The first and last major acts of the war took place in the grounds of his home. The first major battle of the war, the First Battle of Bull Run, took place around his property near Manassas, Virginia. To flee the fighting, he moved south to Appomattox Court House, Virginia. It was here in 1865 where Robert E. Lee surrendered, effectively ending the war. McLean is supposed to have remarked that ‘the war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor.’

Source: The Civil War Battlefields by David J. Eicher

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