Commemorate the country's reunification with

photoart from the Sesquicentennial of the Surrender at Appomattox by Paul Schatzkin –

– "The Matthew Brady of the Re-enacted Civil War" (according to Curt Fields, aka General Grant)

Featuring: "Unity: Grant & Lee"

(aka 'The Final Interview')

click the image above for an enlargement of this recreation of Grant's final interview with Lee

The Defining Image of the Civil War Sesquicentennial...

... is now being offered as a Limited Edition Fine Art Print. This image was created on April 10, 2015 – 150 years to the minute from the last moments that Generals Grant and Lee spent together at Appomattox - no longer enemies, now facing each other as re-united countrymen, extending their hands in the grasp of friendship and healing.

"This photograph captures the essence of the solemn and bittersweet surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox. It, undoubtedly, is of the caliber of the photograph of the Marines raising the Flag over Iwo Jima or other iconic photos of war and its emotions."

–Curt Fields, PhD, aka General Ulysses S. Grant

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The re-enactment was staged at the very site where Grant and Lee met 150 years earlier, with renowned Living Historians Curt Fields portraying Ulysses S. Grant and Thomas Jessee portraying Robert E. Lee. This was the scene at Appomattox that morning:

click the images to embiggen

There were just a few moments when "Grant" (portrayed by Curt Fields) and "Lee" (portayed by Thomas Jessee) had the hillside to themselves. I slipped past Park Service lines in order to get this shot, while the security detail held the crowd back.

Only a few moments after I got the shot of "Grant" and "Lee" exchanging a hand shake, the Park Service released the crowd, which swarmed around the mounted generals. The moment was over - and there will not be another like it in our lifetimes.

Thousands of photos were taken by professional and amateur photographers that morning and I think I've seen most of them – but this is the only shot I've seen that captures the moment of Grant and Lee shaking hands, signifying the reunification of the nation after four years of bloody civil war.

Now this image can be yours in a unique, heirloom-quality, limited edition Fine Art Print.

The prints are 11x14 and processed in a simulated tintype and is printed on an archival, metallic paper that looks like the real thing – like a vintage photo of Grant and Lee themselves, taken the morning of their final meeting together.

Each print is numbered and hand-signed by the photographer.

Unframed prints are shipped with a black mat suitable for framing in any standard 16x20 frame, or order matted and framed:

Use this PayPal button to order "Grant & Lee - The Final Interview" WITH a frame. ($119 + S&H)

Use this PayPal button to order "Grant & Lee - The Final Interview" WITHOUT a frame. ($79 + S&H)

Don't have a PayPal account? Please contact me directly and we'll figure something out:

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More Photos from Appomattox:

For several days in April 2015, I was privileged to join a group of dedicated Living Historians for the 150th Anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender to Ulysses S. Grant – a turning point in American history that took place exactly 150 years ago – at the beautifully preserved Appomattox Court House National Historic Park in Virginia.

Thanks to my prior involvement with the Sesquicentennial through The 1861 Project, I was given special access to some of the events that transpired during my time in Virginia. I returned with thousands of photographs which I have have sorted, edited and assembled into several online galleries for viewing and purchase. To visit those galleries,

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I have assembled several hundred files into 9 galleries:

"Impressions" - a few artistic treatments of the site and events

"Across The Centuries" - interactions btw the re-enactors and the public

"Lincoln's Generals" - mostly scenes from the Generals' camp adjacent to McLean House

"FARBs Need Not Apply" - Re-enactors only

"McLean House" - The Surrender, and Lincoln's Generals on the steps

"The Final Meeting" - scenes from Grants horseback meeting with Lee

"General Grant" - in all his glory

"Grant and Lee Visit the Federals Camp" - to thank them for their service

Ely/Al Parker - a special session with Mr. Parker and a Federal Cavalry Unit

Now a few notes and suggestions about what you'll find:

1. I have tried to offer images in a variety of sizes and treatments. When purchasing prints, please make sure that you are ordering a size that is appropriate for the aspect ratio of the photo you've selected. You'll find three aspect ratios:

2:3 = 4x6, 8x12, 10x15, 12x18
4:5 = 8x10, 11x14, 16x20
1:1 = square

2. In addition to the sizes/aspect ratios, you will find a variety of color treatments: some antique looks, some desaturated color, some black and white. Wherever I could isolate the Living Historians, I tried to avoid the “Kodak-snapshot” look (except for the "Across The Centuries" gallery, which steps back from the historical recreations to show the public's engagement with the events).

3. In order to purchase prints, you will need to create an account on the website (hosted by, and then you can select images and add them to a shopping cart. Before completing your order, you can add mounting, framing, matting, etc.

4. Also, in most cases you will find an option to download a small, low-resolution file for use on the Internet - Facebook, etc. You will find the download link in a menu that drops down from the upper left corner of the photo. There will be no © watermark on that file, so if you do download and use it, please provide a credit:

Photo by Paul Schatzkin - ©2015

... and please let me know where you've used it so I can come by and "Like" it. You might in a link back in to this page (

5. If you see an image you like, but perhaps would like a different treatment (simulated tin-type, sepia toning, etc.) – or if you encounter any difficulties ordering from the galleries, please contact me and I'll get it all sorted out. I'm...

or, as "General Grant" likes to call me,

"The Matthew Brady of The Re-enacted Civil War"

My sincere thanks to all the dedicated Living Historians I met for making this such a memorable event. I can only hope the photos do it justice.

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Before you go, please take a couple of minutes to listen to this song about the Surrender, from The 1861 Project

I have been photographing re-enactments and other Civil War related

events since 2010, you can see the other galleries...



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