Appomattox Station, VA

Date(s): April 8, 1865

Campaign(s): Appomattox Campaign [March-April 1865]

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

Commanders:

  • Union: Maj. Gen. George A. Custer

  • Confederate: Brig. Gen. Lindsay Walker

Principal Forces:

  • Union: 2nd New York Cavalry

  • Confederate: Reserve Artillery (100 cannons)

Description:

  • Custer’s division captured a supply train and twenty-five guns, driving off and scattering the Confederate defenders. 

  • This unique action pitted artillery without infantry support against cavalry.

  • Custer captured and burned three trains loaded with provisions for Lee’s army.

Slide Presentation2: Appomattox Campaign

Classification3: B

Casualties4: Unknown

  • Union: 50

  • Confederate: 1,100

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:


1 National Park Service summary.

2 Slide Presentation Published on 6/23/07. Click on link to view as web-based slide show.

3 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

4 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.