Portrait of Robert E. Lee

As Lieutenant General Robert E. Lee watched the Federals rout his army at the Battle of Sailer’s Creek he exclaimed, “My God! Has the army been dissolved?” [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Sailor's Creek Facts

April 6, 1865

Key facts about he Battle of Sailor's Creek.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Sayler’s Creek
  • Battle of Hillsman Farm
  • Battle of Lockett Farm

Date and Location

  • April 6, 1865
  • Prince Edward and Nottoway Counties, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Major General Richard Anderson
  • Lieutenant General Richard Ewell
  • Major General John B. Gordon
  • Major General Custis Lee
  • Major General Joseph B. Kershaw

Union Forces Engaged

  • 2nd Corps (Army of the Potomac)
  • 6th Corps (Army of the Potomac)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 25,000–26,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 18,500

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 1,148 soldiers (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 7,700 soldiers (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • Most of the Confederate casualties were captives.
  • As Lieutenant General Robert E. Lee watched the Federals rout his army at the Battle of Sailer’s Creek he exclaimed, “My God! Has the army been dissolved?”

Timeline of the Appomattox Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Appomattox Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Sailor's Creek Facts
  • Coverage April 6, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of sailor's creek, battle of sayler's creek, battle of hillsman farm, battle of lockett farm, american civil war, appomattox campaign, philip sheridan, george custer, charles smith, wesley merritt, horatio wright, richard anderson, richard ewell, john b. gordon
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 3, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 24, 2021
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