Civil War Figure. The only man to have the Civil War begin in his front yard and end in his parlor. May 1861, his estate on Bull Run became part of the Confederate defenses and two months later his land became part of the battlefield. One of the first artillery shots went down his chimney and exploded in a stew that was cooking for General Beauregard's lunch. Seeking peace and quiet he moved to a farm that he owned in Appomattox, and later his own parlor was picked for Lee's surrender to Grant.