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SURRENDER AT APPOMATTOX

April 9, 1865 at 3:00 p.m.

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 Courthouse.

   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.