Appomattox Court House, VA

[Federal Soldiers at Appomattox Court House April 1865]

Date(s): April 9, 1865

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (national historical park), Virginia, United States

Campaign(s): Appomattox Campaign [March-April 1865]  

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

  • Confederate: Gen. Robert E. Lee

Principal Forces:

  • Union:

  • Confederate:


  • Early on April 9th, the remnants of John Broun Gordon’s corps and Fitzhugh Lee’s 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 Sheridan’s cavalry. The arrival of Union infantry, however, stopped the advance in its tracks. Lee’s army was now surrounded on three sides.

  • Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9th.

Photo Gallery:2


Slide Presentation3: Appomattox Campaign

Classification4: A

Casualties5: 700 total (27,805 Confederate soldiers paroled)

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of"

3 Slide Presentation Published on 6/23/07. Click on link to view as web-based slide show.

4 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

5 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/12/2015