New Hampshire collector donates Civil War painting to Appomattox

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) – A Conway, N.H., art collector is returning to Virginia a painting depicting a scene from the South’s surrender at Appomattox.

Michael Callis said the landscape by German-born painter George Leo Frankenstein is one of nearly 30 he owns.

The National Park Service said Friday the amateur historian has agreed to donate the painting to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

The Park Service said the painting shows a rare view of the Appomattox River where Confederates crossed for the surrender. A historian contacted the park service after he saw the painting in a New Hampshire lodge.

In a symbolic gesture, Callis told the Park Service he donated the painting that records a nation reunited in honor of President-elect Barrack Obama and his former rival, Republican John McCain.

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