Location: Appomattox County
Campaign: Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865)
Date(s): April 9, 1865
Principal Commanders: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant [US]; Gen. Robert E. Lee [CS]
Forces Engaged: Armies
Estimated Casualties: 700 total (27,805 Confederate soldiers paroled)
Description:Early on April 9, the remnants of John Broun Gordons corps and Fitzhugh Lees cavalry formed line of battle at Appomattox Court House. Gen. Robert E. Lee determined to make one last attempt to escape the closing Union pincers and reach his supplies at Lynchburg. At dawn the Confederates advanced, initially gaining ground against Sheridans cavalry. The arrival of Union infantry, however, stopped the advance in its tracks. Lees army was now surrounded on three sides. Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9. This was the final engagement of the war in Virginia.
Result(s): Union victory