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

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The Battle of Namozine Church, Virginia was an engagement between Federal Army and Confederate Army forces that occurred on April 3rd, 1865 during the Appomattox Campaign of the American Civil War. The battle was the first engagement between units of General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia after that army's evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia on April 2nd, 1865 and units of the Union Army (Army of the Shenandoah, Army of the Potomac and Army of the James) under the immediate command of Major General Philip Sheridan, who was still acting independently as commander of the Army of the Shenandoah, and under the overall direction of Federal General-in-Chief Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant.
 

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The Battle of Appomattox Station, Virginia occurred on this day in 1865. This battle was fought between a Federal Army cavalry division under the command of Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Army of Northern Virginia artillery units commanded by Brigadier General Lindsay Walker with support from some dismounted cavalrymen, artillerymen armed with muskets.This conflict was the last battle in the Appomattox Campaign. Confederate General Robert E. Lee would surrender his Army of Northern Virginia to Federal Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant on April - 9th, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House.
 

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* The Appomattox Campaign ends on this day in 1865. Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Army of Northern Virginia to Federal Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant at the McLean House at the Appomattox Court House.

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Love this thread. That tour is still very much on my bucket list. I have been to Lynchburg/Appomattox Court House in January 2015 and Petersburg/Five Forks in January 2016 but they were sorta hurried visits. The places I didn't get to see in Petersburg alone would take a whole day up.
 

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It really is a fun tour, Bobby. The old roads leading out of Petersburg to the Appomattox Court House are basically the same roads these troops traveled.

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On this day in 1865, one day after surrendering to Federal Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his army for the last time. “After four years of arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. I need not tell the brave survivors of so many hard-fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to the result from no distrust of them…I determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen…I bid you an affectionate farewell.”

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Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Sutherland Station, Virginia.
 

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The Battle of Namozine Church, Virginia, occurred on this day in 1865 during the Appomattox Campaign of the American Civil War. This battle was the first engagement between units of General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia after that army's evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, on April 2nd, 1865 and units of the Federal Army (Army of the Shenandoah, Army of the Potomac and Army of the James) under the immediate command of Major General Philip Sheridan.
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Would you have a recommendation for how long to plan for a trip to see the Petersburg battlefields and then the retreat to Appomattox?

Once there, one day around Petersburg and then another for the retreat? How does that sound?

Am just in the initial stages of planning, but I think I am set on this as my focus. Many thanks for your input!
 

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Would you have a recommendation for how long to plan for a trip to see the Petersburg battlefields and then the retreat to Appomattox?

Once there, one day around Petersburg and then another for the retreat? How does that sound?

Am just in the initial stages of planning, but I think I am set on this as my focus. Many thanks for your input!
I would give it three solid days. My son and I did our trip in two days and missed visiting the new Appomattox Court House Museum.

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Dinwiddie Court House, March 31, 1865. Sheridan's initial attempt to seize the Five Forks crossroads is driven back by Pickett's combined infantry and cavalry attacks. Sheridan's men take positions just north of the Court House until reinforced by infantry from Warren's V Corps. Unfortunately, as many are aware, no good deed goes unpunished; a lesson Warren would learn the following day.

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