How is the Appomattox Court House of importance in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The Civil War is mentioned several times by Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and remembrances of the war are still very much alive in the town. Scout's much older cousin, Ike Finch, is the last surviving veteran of the war still residing in Maycomb, and many Confederate heroes' names find their way into the text: Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, Joe Wheeler and John Bell Hood among them. The reference to Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the site of Lee's surrender in 1865, comes from Mr. Avery on the night of the early cold spell that hits Maycomb. Mr. Avery comments that it "Hasn't snowed in Maycomb since Appomattox," and blames the bad weather on bad children like Jem and Scout. He was incorrect on both counts, since according to Eula May, it actually hadn't snowed since 1885.  

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