The focus turns to Lee's army as Grant closes his grip on Petersburg. After nine months, a final Union offensive ends in Confederate disaster at Five Forks, where Appomattox units are heavily involved, and the next day Union troops advance en masse against Lee's Petersburg lines, breaking through and forcing the evacuation of the city. Barely forestalling encirclement, Lee brings his surviving troops across the Appomattox River for a rendezvous at Amelia Court House and an attempted withdrawal to Danville. From Amelia the beleaguered Confederate army is repeatedly foiled in its march, and rear-guard battles at Sailor's Creek, High Bridge, Farmville, and Cumberland Church divert it progressively westward, toward Appomattox County.
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