This Week in the Civil War - #1067
On Saturday, April 8, 1865 the end was near for the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Sheridan’s Union cavalry seized Confederate supply trains at Appomattox Station, as Union forces late in the day maneuvered to the front of Lee, blocking his route toward Lynchburg. With his generals urging negotiations with Grant, Lee rejected that option and ordered an attack on Federal positions at Appomattox Station in hopes of forcing a passage through the Union forces confronting him. Attacking at dawn, the Confederates simply found too many enemy cavalry in front of them; the attack failed. Learning of their defeat, Lee immediately signaled his intention to surrender, and that afternoon in a private home at Appomattox Court House Lee surrendered the remainder of his army to Ulysses Grant.