Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Appomattox Court House Nat’l Hist Park
For most of the war, Lee and his army had tormented their Northern enemies – at Gaines’ Mill, Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville. But here, on April 9, 1865, the once-mighty Army of Northern Virginia found itself trapped. Lee faced the most difficult decision of his life.
“… there is nothing left me to do but to go and see General Grant, and I would rather die a thousand deaths.”
Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA April 9, 1865
The tortuous final journey began with the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond on April 2, 1865. Lee’s straggling columns started west, trying to outrun Grant’s men, trying to turn south into North Carolina to join another Confederate force under Joseph E. Johnston. But Federals from three armies dogged them all the way. Then, on the morning of April 9, Union infantry deployed across Lee’s path west of Appomattox Court House.
Two miles northeast of here, more Federals slashed at the Confederate rear. With Union troops blocking his route west on the Stage Road (present Route 24), with Union troops behind him, and with Union troops closing on his left flank from the east, Lee had no choice. At about 9 a.m. on April 9, he sent a final, painful message to Grant. Could they meet “with reference to the surrender of this army?”
Location. 37° 23.496′ N, 78° 47.005′ W. Marker is in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is on Old Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 24), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, at the eastern entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee’s Last Headquarters (here, next to this marker); Historic Vegetation 1865 (within shouting distance of this marker); ANV Headquarters (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee's Apple Tree (approx. 0.6 miles away); After the Surrender (approx. 0.7 miles away); Popularizer of the Banjo (approx. 0.7 miles away); Appomattox River (approx. ¾ mile away); Grant and Lee Meeting (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
More about this marker. The center of the marker features a map showing Union and Confederate troop positions on April 2, 1865. The location of the marker is indicated on this map, and it has a caption of “At Appomattox, the Federals caught
Also see . . .
1. Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Appomattox Court House. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on January 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 954 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on January 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.