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Today in the Petersburg Campaign: April 9, 1865

April 9, 1865

Engagement at Appomattox Court-House, VA, as Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, orders one last assault to break through the Union lines.  Initially, Maj. Gens. John Brown Gordon and Fitzhugh Lee, CSA, break through the Union cavalry only to find solid lines of Federal infantry blocking the way.  Lee realizes there is nothing more he can do without the useless loss of life.

The Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse, VA, by General Robert Edward Lee, CSA, to Lieut. General Ulysses Simpson Grant, USA, at the Wilbur McLean residence.

Brig. Gen. Thomas Alfred Smyth, USA, dies near Burkeville, VA, from his death wound received two days before at Farmville, VA, the last Federal general to die from combat wounds in the American Civil War.

Note: All “Today In The Petersburg Campaign” blog entries are used with permission from Ronald A. Mosocco’s Chronological Tracking of the American Civil War per the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. Order the book HERE.

Copyright © 1993, 1994 by Ronald A. Mosocco

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