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A Place Called Appomattox$
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William Marvel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628394

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628394.001.0001

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A Place Called Appomattox

William Marvel

University of North Carolina Press

In the final 24 hours of its retreat, The Army of Northern Virginia enters Appomattox County and turns westward one last time on the old stage road. Lee holds his final council of war the night of April 8, at a bivouac several miles east of Appomattox Court House, and at midnight his army resumes the march. Union cavalry had already captured Appomattox Station, however, and had attacked the vanguard of Lee's column. In the morning, Confederate infantry that had camped at Appomattox Court House advanced toward the station and encountered Union infantry, including U.S. Colored Troops. With more Union infantry behind him and most of his army huddling in disarmed demoralization around his wagon train, Lee surrendered to Grant in the parlor of Wilmer McLean's house in Appomattox Court House.

Keywords:   Lee's last council of war, Appomattox Station, U.S. Colored Troops, Wilmer McLean

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