platonic. Appomattox is where the American Civil War ended, but today a different battle of north versus south is brewing all over again. This time it's a fight between a museum and a non-profit. WDBJ-7's Tim Saunders is live in Appomattox to explain. Chris, a non-profit that supports the Appomattox Court House National Park wants to put up a big display here next year, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's ending. They want to borrow some artifacts from a Chicago museum, but the museum doesn't want to cooperate. The McLean House at Appomattox Court House depicts a pivotal moment in American history. Visitors can see the exact living room where a meeting on April 9, 1865 ended the Civil War. The house itself is original, but nearly all of the items inside are reproductions. Sue Cochrane/ Appomattox 1865 Foundation: "Furnishings wer removed from the McLean House shortly after the surrender documents were signed, by Union officers who felt entitled to a souvenir." The marble-top desk and chair, used by Robert e. Lee when he surrendered the Confederacy, is now at the Chicago History Museum. The Appomattox 1865 Foundation hoped to borrow the furniture for next year's 150th anniversary. Cochrane: "The seemed fairly open to that idea and were talking about loaning it to us for 2015 and perhaps three years beyond that." Sue Cochrane and other members of the foundation raised more than 50- thousand dollars to build a climate- controlled display case, primarily for the desk and chair. The items were going to be the highlight of a temporary exhibit in the court house visitor's center. Cochrane: "Unfortunately, w found out yesterday that they have decided to take the Lee table out of moth balls and put it up in their museum for a special display they are going to host in Chicago." The decision came after a year of negotiations. Cochrane is having trouble understanding the Chicago museum's reasoning, considering they've never had the table on display before, and the items have nothing to do with Chicago history. Nonetheless, the foundation is forging ahead. They plan to fill their display case with other artifacts, borrowed from museums that are a little more willing to share. Cochrane: "It will b a really positive experience for our visitors. They will see some wonderful artifacts when they come here." We contacted the Chicago History Museum for their side of the story, but they didn't call us back. In an e-mail to the Appomattox 1865 Foundation, a representative said the museum wasn't confident that their requirements for displaying and protecting the table could be met here at the national park. Live in Appomattox, Tim Saunders, wdbj7.