April 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 holding the high ground west of Appomattox Court House they blocked the road General Lee intended to use and force his surrender the next day.
|Placed By||Appomattox Court House National Historical Park - National Park Service - US Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 6:15pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 693283 N 4138505|
|Decimal Degrees||37.37316667, -78.81711667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 22.39', W 78° 49.027'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 22' 23.40" N, 78° 49' 1.62" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1123 Old Courthouse Rd, Appomattox VA 24522, US|
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