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Appomattox in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Appomattox Station

Final Blow

 

—Lee's Retreat —

 
Battle of Appomattox Station marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. Battle of Appomattox Station marker
This marker is part of the Lee's Retreat Trail. Lee's Retreat was the first trail established by the Virginia Civil War Trails.
Inscription. You are standing near the site of Appomattox Station Depot on the South Side Railroad. Here, on the afternoon of April 8, 1865, Union cavalrymen under Gen. George A. Custer dealt the Army of Northern Virginia a final blow. First, they captured trains loaded with supplies for Confederates, then they attacked and captured Gen. R. Lindsay Walker’s wagons and artillery in bivouac half a mile to the north.

When word of this disaster reached Gen. Robert E. Lee at his headquarters a few miles northeast, he knew the end was near. He and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had exchanged letters on the subject of surrender, and Lee had suggested a meeting between the lines the next day. With Union horsemen now blocking his escape route, Lee’s only hope lay in punching through them with a combined force of infantry and cavalry, and he scheduled a breakout attack for dawn. If it failed, or if he found Federal infantry in front of him as well, the he would have no choice but to surrender.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 21.211′ N, 78° 49.652′ W. Marker is in Appomattox, Virginia, in Appomattox County.
Detail of the Battle map of the Battle of Appomattox Station Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. Detail of the Battle map of the Battle of Appomattox Station
Marker is on Main Street (Virginia Route 131), on the right. Click for map. Marker is next to the Appomattox Visitors Center. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Appomattox Station — 1865 (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Appomattox Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Appomattox Court House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Appomattox County Units (approx. 0.2 miles away); Appomattox County Eternal Flame (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winonah Camp / Mozella Price Home (approx. half a mile away); Carver-Price School (approx. half a mile away); Custer's Third Brigade (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Appomattox.
 
More about this marker. A map showing the operational situation described in the marker's text is on the lower left of the marker. Portraits of Gens. Custer and Walker are in the upper center. The upper right photo is "Appomattox Station in 1865" from the Collection of Bob Zeller. The lower right photo is of the station in 1900, Courtesy of C.P. and M.S. Stuntz.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lee’s Retreat. (Submitted on March 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Civil War Traveler - Lee's Retreat to Appomattox
Battle of Appomattox Station Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
3. Battle of Appomattox Station Marker
Marker beside the restored train station.
. (Submitted on March 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Appomattox Court House. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on January 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

4. The Battle of Appomattox Station. Civil War Preservation Trust page offering detailed information about the battle. Despite the growth of the town of Appomattox, a portion of this battlefield remains undeveloped. (Submitted on April 24, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Appomattox Visitors Information Center Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
4. Appomattox Visitors Information Center
The Battle of Appomattox Station marker is located next to the Visitors Center on Main Street.
Rail Line at Appomattox Station Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
5. Rail Line at Appomattox Station
In this vicinity, Custer's troopers captured three trains transporting supplies and rations for General Lee's Confederate Army. Capture of these supplies severely limited Lee's options for continued retreat.
Church Street Looking North Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
6. Church Street Looking North
At the time of the battle, the area north of the station featured broken fields and wood lots. Parts of Custer's command, the 1st and 2nd New York along with the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry Regiments, advanced north from the area of the station, toward Walker's position.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 5,358 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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