Lee Surrenders at Appomattox Court House by Thomas Nast

This painting by Thomas Nast depicts Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendering the Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 [Wikimedia Commons]

Surrender at Appomattox Court House Facts

April 9, 1865

Key facts about General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

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Date and Location

  • March 29–April 9, 1865
  • South Central Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Potomac, Army of the James, Army of the Shenandoah

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Northern Virginia

Significance

  • 28,251 Confederate soldiers surrendered at Appomattox Court House
  • The Appomattox Campaign ended when Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865.
  • Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House did not end the Civil War, as is oftentimes erroneously believed

Timeline of the Appomattox Campaign

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

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Surrender at Appomattox Court House Facts
  • Coverage April 9, 1865
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 12, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 24, 2021
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