Appomattox in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Walker's Last Stand
Gen. George A. Custer commanded the charging Federals, who had just captured Confederate supply trains at nearby Appomattox Station. Fighting without infantry support, Walker’s men repulsed the ﬁrst three charges, but at 8 P.M. Custer’s ﬁnal assault resulted in the capture of 25 cannon, 200 wagons, and 1,000 prisoners. Most of Walker’s command ﬂed north to Oakville where the men buried 54 guns and disbanded the next day. Custer’s advance also secured the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road. By holding the high ground west of Appomattox Court House, the Federal cavalry blocked Lee’s escape route and forced his surrender the next day.
“Custer’s Division, as
Pvt. Bernard Shields, 2nd West Virginia Cavalry, received the Medal of Honor for striking down Pvt. William Davis, 2nd Co., Washington Artillery of New Orleans, and capturing the battery's ﬂag from Davis.
Pvt. Bernard Shields Courtesy John Elder Pvt. William Davis Courtesy Tulane University
(top center) Gen. Reuben L. Walker Courtesy Valentine Richmond History Center / Gen. George A. Custer Courtesy Library of Congress
(top right) Lt. Eri D. Woodbury, received Medal of Honor for actions at Battle of Cedar Creek, Oct. 19, 1864 – Courtesy Francis Guber Collection
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 8, 1865.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Artillery Position (here, next to this marker); Custer's Third Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Carver-Price School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Winonah Camp / Mozella Price Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heritage Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); Appomattox County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Appomattox County Units (approx. 0.7 miles away); Appomattox County Eternal Flame (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appomattox.
Also see . . . Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. (Submitted on June 27, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 901 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on September 20, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 27, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 5. submitted on March 24, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.