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    The Battle of Sailor's Creek.  After the Union success at Petersburg, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia withdrawal was cut off at Sailor's Creek on April 6, 1865.  Union cavalry under Phil Sheridan was blocking his way.  Using their horses to outrun Lee's army before dismounting and forming defensive lines that took advantage of their rapid-firing carbines and repeating rifles, Sheridan's men had unwittingly executed a maneuver that foreshadowed the use of mechanized infantry in the years to come.  The Confederates could not advance in the face of such firepower and were eventually devastated by attacking Union infantry, which had been given time to deploy by the quick movement and determined resistance of their cavalry counterparts. 

  • Sorry, that's incorrect
    Answer:

    The Battle of Sailor's Creek.  After the Union success at Petersburg, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia withdrawal was cut off at Sailor's Creek on April 6, 1865.  Union cavalry under Phil Sheridan was blocking his way.  Using their horses to outrun Lee's army before dismounting and forming defensive lines that took advantage of their rapid-firing carbines and repeating rifles, Sheridan's men had unwittingly executed a maneuver that foreshadowed the use of mechanized infantry in the years to come.  The Confederates could not advance in the face of such firepower and were eventually devastated by attacking Union infantry, which had been given time to deploy by the quick movement and determined resistance of their cavalry counterparts. 

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