Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomattox



In the final year of the American Civil War, Union forces waged an unsuccessful campaign against Petersburg, VA and surrounding areas, called the Siege of Petersburg. Though the Union forces didn't capture the city, they did succeed in stretching the CSA supplies so thin that CSA general Robert E Lee had no choice but to abandon Richmond and flee eastward, hoping to reunite his army with CSA forces in North Carolina. However, Union forces cut off his retreat at Appomattox Court House. Originally, Lee attempted to charge the Union line, thinking it consisted of only cavalry; but upon seeing that the cavalry had two corps of infantry backing it up, Lee finally had no choice but to surrender to the Union, on April 9, 1865.





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