Wilmer McLean is living in his old brick home in in Manassas, Virginia.
During the first major battle of the Civil War a cannon ball came striking through his roof in his old brick home and Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard made Wilmer's house his headquarters.
McLean moved everything to Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, a place he believed would be a place safe from warfare and battles.
On April 9, 1865, the war returned to the residence of the McLean family when Lee surrendered to Grant in his front yard. Following the surrender, Union officers made off with nearly all of McLean's furniture as souvenirs.