Sayler's Creek, VA

[Hillsman House at Sayler's Creek - Courtesy of Wikipedia]

Date(s): April 6, 1865

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

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan

  • Confederate:  Lt. Gen. Richard Ewell and Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon

Principal Forces: Corps

  • Union: II and VI Corps

  • Confederate: Ewell's and Anderson's Corps


  • On April 6th at Sayler’s Creek, nearly one fourth of the retreating Confederate army was cut off by Sheridan’s Cavalry and elements of the II and VI Corps.

  • Most surrendered, including Confederate generals Richard S. Ewell, Barton, Simms, Kershaw, Custis Lee, Dubose, Hunton, and Corse.

  • This action was considered the death knell of the Confederate army.

  • Upon seeing the survivors streaming along the road, Lee exclaimed “My God, has the army dissolved?”

Photo Gallery:2

Description of the Battle of Sayler's Creek

Ewell'sLine of Defense

Sailor's Creek

Sailor's Creek

Saylor's Creek Battlefield

Saylor's Creek Battlefield

Lockett House Used as Field Hospital

Lockett House

Hillsman House

Hillsman House Used as Field Hospital

Hillsman House


Slide Presentation3: Appomattox Campaign

Classification4: B


  • Union: 1,500

  • Confederate: 7,000

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Websites:

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 02/22/2012