Collage of Confederate Items
Many of the Union soldiers who were not allowed to approach the McLean house decided that bits of wood from the apple tree under which Lee had rested would make good souvenirs.* They began by cutting off snippets from the branches, 'then one of them, a lusty Maine fellow, seised an ax and within ten minutes every bit of the wood was cut up into convenient pieces for momentos. Not satisfied with this they dug up the roots and tendrils, and within an hour all that was left to mark the spot was a hole in the ground deep enough to bury a horse.'" **
*New York Sun. Undated clipping. [found in Joshua L. Chamberlain Papers, Library of Congress]
** Stern, Philip Van Doren, An End to Valor. ___ p.276.
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