The Battle of Appomattox Court House
Other Names: None
Location: Appomattox County, VA
Campaign: Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865)
Union: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant [US]
Confederate: Gen. Robert E. Lee [CS]
Forces Engaged: Armies
Estimated Casualties: 700 total (27,805 Confederate soldiers paroled)
Description: Early on April 9, the remnants of John Broun Gordon’s corps and Fitzhugh Lee’s cavalry formed line of battle at Appomattox Court House. Gen. Robert E. Lee determined to make one last attempt to escape the closing Union pincers and reach his supplies at Lynchburg. At dawn the Confederates advanced, initially gaining ground against Sheridan’s cavalry. The arrival of Union infantry, however, stopped the advance in its tracks. Lee’s army was now surrounded on three sides. Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9.
This was the final engagement of the war in Virginia.
National Park Service
The Civil War, American Heritage (Doubleday, 1960)
These CSA pages online since December 11, 1996.
Copyright © 1996-2011 Victoria Proctor. All rights reserved.
This WEB page and its contents are copyrighted and may not be copied, altered, converted or uploaded to any electronic system or BBS, message board, mailing list or web site, nor included in any software collection or print collection of any type without the express written permission of the author. These electronic pages may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit or presentation by other organizations.