Battle of Appomattox Station

Battle of Appomattox Station (HM1YV)

Location: Appomattox, VA 24522 Appomattox County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 21.211', W 78° 49.652'

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Final 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 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.
HM NumberHM1YV
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 10:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 692411 N 4136304
Decimal Degrees37.35351667, -78.82753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.211', W 78° 49.652'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 12.66" N, 78° 49' 39.12" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 214 Main St, Appomattox VA 24522, US
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