Appomattox Station, Battle of – Facts2019-03-17T16:47:07+00:00
Black and white photograph of George A. Custer.

Union cavalry under the command of George A. Custer captured Confederate supplies at Appomattox Station. This portrait was taken in May of 1865, one month after the Battle of Appomattox Station.

Battle of Appomattox Station Facts

April 8, 1865

Key facts about the Battle of Appomattox Station.

Date:

  • April 8, 1865.

Location:

  • Appomattox County, Virginia.

Campaign:

  • Appomattox

Principal Union commander:

  • Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer

Principal Confederate commander:

  • Brigadier General Rueben Lindsay Walker

Union forces engaged:

  • 3rd U.S. Cavalry

Confederate forces engaged:

  • Various units of the Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 4,500

Number of Confederate soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 3,000

Union casualties:

  • Fewer than 100 (5-32 killed, 40-86 wounded, 3 missing)

Confederate casualties:

  • Unknown

Result:

  • Union victory

Significance:

  • The Union victory at the Battle of Appomattox Station denied access to vitally needed provisions, to the Army of Northern Virginia.
  • The Union victory at the Battle of Appomattox Station secured the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road, along with the high ground west of Appomattox Court House, squarely across Lee’s line of retreat.

Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Appomattox Station Facts
  • Coverage April 8, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Appomattox Station
  • Website Name American History Central
  • URL
  • Access Date April 20, 2019
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 17, 2019

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