Wilmer McLean, a grocer from Virginia, had the distinction of witnessing both the start and end of the Civil War. After the First Battle of Bull Run, which began on McLean’s farm, he moved over 100 miles south to get away from the fighting.
Searching for a suitable place for surrender, General Lee and General Grant happened to settle on McLean’s new home, prompting him to remark that the war “started in my front yard and ended in my front parlor”.
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Timothy H. O’Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons