Appomattox Station
Civil War Virginia

American Civil War
April 8, 1865

Custer's division captured a supply train and twenty-five guns, driving off and scattering the Confederate defenders. 

This unique action pitted artillery without infantry support against cavalry.

Custer captured and burned three trains loaded with provisions for Lee's army.

Result(s): Union victory

Location: Appomattox County

Campaign: Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign

Date(s): April 8, 1865

Principal Commanders: Major General George A. Custer [US]; Brigadier General Lindsay Walker [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions

Estimated Casualties: Unknown

March - April 1865

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April 9, 1865

Lee's Surrender to Grant

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How the South Won the War
After Appomattox : by Stetson Kennedy
How the South Won the War
"A fascinating study of the failure of Reconstruction. . . . This lively and compelling account of the tragedy of Reconstruction is a useful volume which clearly makes its point and deserves to be read by novices as well as those familiar with the subject. Kennedy uses a variety of sources and successfully argues that although the South lost on the battlefield, they won the war during Reconstruction."

I am an intrepreter at the National Park at Appomattox Court House and my wife is a seasonal ranger there for the last nine years. Point one: Appomattox Station; The trains were not burned by Custer. His men - some of whom were railroad men, drove them up and down the tracks blowing the whistle, and on the 9th when General Lee asks General Grant for help in feeding his men - Grant replies by sharing the food that had been on the trains at Appomattox. Point two: Lee surrendered 28,231 men, who received paroles. Many hundreds of others just when home in the final days of the campaign. The number of disserters from the CSA Army of Northern Virgina was so great the yankees did not even attempt to stop them from just going home. There were too many to care for or imprison. Thank you.
LAnny Howe <lannyhowe@earthlink.net>
Appomattox, VA USA -

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