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Virginia (Appomattox County), Appomattox — Battle of Appomattox StationFinal Blow — Lee's Retreat
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 . . . — Map (db m3837) HM
Virginia (Appomattox County), Appomattox — K 159 — Battle of Appomattox Station — 1865
Near this building stood the station of the South Side Railroad where, on April 8, 1865, three trains unloading supplies for the Army of Northern Virginia were captured by units of Sheridan’s Union cavalry under Gen. Geo. Custer. Significant for its relationship to the surrender by Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, this action also marked the last strategic use of rail by Confederate forces. — Map (db m3605) HM
Virginia (Appomattox County), Appomattox — Battle of Appomattox StationLee's Retreat
April 8, 1865 Union cavalry arrived early in the evening and captured three of Lee’s four supply trains. Advancing toward Appomattox Court House, they encountered the surplus Confederate wagons and artillery train. After a brief conflict, numerous wagons and cannons were captured. Next Stop Burkeville 44.6 miles — Map (db m6075) HM
Virginia (Appomattox County), Appomattox Court House — Battle of Appomattox StationApril 8, 1865: 4-8 p.m.
One of the last battles of the Civil War took place one mile west of here. After capturing Confederate supplies, General George Custer's cavalry charged through the woods into the cannon fire of Confederate General Reuben Lindsay Walker's troops. Though unsupported by infantry, Walker's men repulsed the first three charges, but Custer's final assault captured 25 cannon, 200 wagons, and 1,000 prisoners. The Federals dispersed Walker's artillery and secured the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road. By . . . — Map (db m30041) HM
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