The General Robert E. Lee's Retreat Driving Tour : Petersburg to Appomattox, Virginia

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The Battle of Five Forks was fought on this day in 1865. A mobile task force of combined infantry, artillery and cavalry from the Federal Army commanded by Major General Philip Sheridan defeated a Confederate Army combined task force from the Army of Northern Virginia commanded by Major General George E. Pickett. The Federal force inflicted over 1,000 casualties on the Confederates and took between 2,400 and 4,000 prisoners while seizing Five Forks, the key to control of the South Side Railroad. This railroad was a vital Confederate supply line to the Petersburg area.
A Union General and CSA Col. Pegram were killed there too. So close to the end of the war...
 

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The Battle of Five Forks monument.....

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This monument states 50,000 Federal troops fought this combined cavalry/artillery/infantry conflict against 10,000 Confederates. I have read somewhere between 17,000 to 27,000 Federal troops fought at this Appomattox Campaign battle. 50,000 Federal troops???

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Yeah that's been discussed before @cash had a post about it a couple of years ago. It's laughable.
It's what passes for history among confederate heritage folks. It's why when folks claim moving confederate monuments is erasing history, in many cases I laugh because the monument is actually a false version of history or tells us nothing at all about history.
 

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The Battle of Sutherland's Station was fought on this day in 1865, in Dinwiddie, Virginia during the Appomattox Campaign. Federal columns converged on Petersburg on April 2, pushing through a large section of the Confederate defensive entrenchments. As Confederate General Robert E. Lee desperately sought to buy time to allow his army to withdraw, Federal Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant launched several other attacks. Stubborn Confederate resistance at Fort Gregg delayed Grant's progress. Meanwhile, Major General Nelson A. Miles's Federal division battered Major General Henry Heth's Confederates near Sutherland's Station and drove them off the field. The Confederate defenders were scattered and driven northwestward. With this victory, the Federals possessed the South Side Railroad, General Robert E. Lee's last supply line into Petersburg. However, the lengthy defense of Fort Gregg and Grant's hesitation in aggressively following up on his success at Sutherland's Station permitted Lee to evacuate his army that night.
 

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On this day in 1865, Confederate Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill rode out to rally his troops after hearing of a Federal attack on the increasingly tenuous lines of the Army of Northern Virginia near Petersburg, Virginia. Hill accidentally rode into a Federal picket line and was shot by a Federal soldier.

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On this day in 1865, two streams of Confederate Robert E. Lee's army, one stream from Petersburg and the other stream from the abandoned Confederate capital at Richmond, met at Amelia Court House, Virginia. General Lee expected to receive food and supplies that never arrived to his camp. This delay proved costly. Federal cavalry cut off the planned retreat route to the south at Jetersville.

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The Battle of Sutherland's Station was fought on this day in 1865, in Dinwiddie, Virginia during the Appomattox Campaign. Federal columns converged on Petersburg on April 2, pushing through a large section of the Confederate defensive entrenchments. As Confederate General Robert E. Lee desperately sought to buy time to allow his army to withdraw, Federal Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant launched several other attacks. Stubborn Confederate resistance at Fort Gregg delayed Grant's progress. Meanwhile, Major General Nelson A. Miles's Federal division battered Major General Henry Heth's Confederates near Sutherland's Station and drove them off the field. The Confederate defenders were scattered and driven northwestward. With this victory, the Federals possessed the South Side Railroad, General Robert E. Lee's last supply line into Petersburg. However, the lengthy defense of Fort Gregg and Grant's hesitation in aggressively following up on his success at Sutherland's Station permitted Lee to evacuate his army that night.
I think there was a Confederate camp at Sutherland's Station going back to earlier in the war. One of the officers of the 3rd North Carolina Infantry wrote of going into winter quarters at Sutherland's Station after the close of the 1864 Valley Campaign, and before being ordered into the trenches in front of Petersburg in Jan. 1865.
 

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I think there was a Confederate camp at Sutherland's Station going back to earlier in the war. One of the officers of the 3rd North Carolina Infantry wrote of going into winter quarters at Sutherland's Station after the close of the 1864 Valley Campaign, and before being ordered into the trenches in front of Petersburg in Jan. 1865.
Sutherland's Station is just west of Petersburg, Virginia. So I can see a Confederate camp in that vicinity.
 

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On this day in 1865, two streams of Confederate Robert E. Lee's army, one stream from Petersburg and the other stream from the abandoned Confederate capital at Richmond, met at Amelia Court House, Virginia. General Lee expected to receive food and supplies that never arrived to his camp. This delay proved costly. Federal cavalry cut off the planned retreat route to the south at Jetersville.

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Thought that was on April 5th.
 

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* The Battle of Sailor's Creek (The Hillsman House) on April - 6th, 1865.

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* The Battle of High Bridge on April - 6th, 7th, 1865.

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* The Battle of Cumberland Church on April - 7th, 1865.

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The Appomattox Campaign commenced on this day in 1865. If you have the time, I highly recommend traveling this route from Petersburg to the Appomattox Court House.

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* Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Five Forks, Virginia.
 

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The Battle of Sutherland's Station occurred on this day in 1865, in Dinwiddie, Virginia, during the Appomattox Campaign the American Civil War. Federal columns converged on Petersburg on April 2nd, pushing through a large section of the Confederate defensive entrenchments. As Confederate General Robert E. Lee desperately sought to buy time to allow his army to withdraw, Federal Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant launched several other attacks. Stubborn Confederate resistance at Fort Gregg delayed Grant's progress. Meanwhile, Federal Major General Nelson A. Miles's division battered Confederate Major General Henry Heth's division near Sutherland's Station. The Confederate defenders were scattered and driven northwestward. With this victory, the Federals possessed the South Side Railroad and General Robert E. Lee's last supply line into Petersburg. However, the lengthy defense of Fort Gregg and Grant's hesitation in aggressively following up on his success at Sutherland's Station permitted Lee to evacuate his army that night.

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