[Lee’s Retreat, Part 1]
The Appomattox Campaign: Lee’s Retreat from Petersburg to Sailor’s Creek,
April 2-6, 1865
(Friday and Saturday)
Historian: John Mountcastle (Fri), Randy Watkins (Sat)
Description: (Moderate Walking) After a bus ride from Richmond to Petersburg, the tour begins at first stop, the Battle of Sutherland Station, where the Lee’s last supply line into Petersburg was cut April 2nd. Proceeding along one of the four major routes of retreat from the Richmond-Petersburg fronts, next stop will be Namozine Church, site of a rear-guard cavalry battle on April 3rd that was fought between the forces of generals George Armstrong Custer and Rufus Barringer; the latter became the first Southern general to be captured in this campaign. A special visit into the church, used as a field hospital after the fight, is part of this stop.
The tour will continue on to briefly cover Amelia Court House and Jetersville before wrapping up at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield. After a stop at the Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Visitor Center for a restroom break and lunch, we’ll move on to the battlefield site for an orientation of the fight, followed by an opportunity to visit the Hillsman farm house which served as a field hospital. After this a stop will be made at to the bullet ridden Lockett farm house and Double Bridges. Here the Federal Second Corps, under General Andrew Humphreys, fought the Confederate Second Corps and accompanying wagon trains, commanded by General John B. Gordon. Return to Richmond. The second part of the tour will be led by Patrick Schroeder on a separate day.
Tour Stops: Battle of Sutherland Station, Namozine Church, Amelia Court House, Jetersville, Sailor’s Creek