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Sayler's Creek Battlefield

Farmville, Virginia
County of Amelia.
Vicinity of Farmville and Burkeville
National Register Number: 85002436
Resource type: Site.
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Partially a State Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 4, 1985):
After the April 2-3 evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg and the flight of the Confederate government, Gen. Robert E. Lee attempted to move his Army of Northern Virginia to North Carolina, where he hoped to join forces with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. A logistical mix-up caused a one-day delay at Amelia Court House, during which time Union forces moved to his front and cut off his line of retreat. The three distinct battles fought on April 6, 1865, in the valley of Sayler's Creek form the last major engagement between the armies commanded by Lee and Grant, and led to the surrender at Appomatox Court House.


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