After capturing the Confederate supply train at Appomattox Station on April 8, 1865, Sheridan's cavalry pushed on toward
Appomattox Courthouse to cut Lee's rout to Lynchburg.
The next morning, April 9, 1865, the Confederates attacked General Sheridan's position
along Bent Creek Road. However, the Federals counter attacked and forced the Confederates to fall back to Appomattox
As the morning wore on, General Robert E. Lee realized that further resistance
was futile and ordered that a white flag be carried through the lines with a requist for a cease-fire until terms of
surrender could be worked out with General Grant.
Generals Grandt and Lee met in the parlor of Wilmer McLean's house at Appomattox Courthouse.
General Lee signed the terms of surrender at 3;00 p.m. on April 9,1865.
The document wriyyen in Grant's own hand, allowed all Confederate Officers and
men to return to their homes without the taint of treason.