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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 06, 1865

Battle of Sailor’s Creek; Rice’s Station; Appomattox Campaign

At the Battle of Sailor’s Creek, approximately 25% of the retreating Confederate army was cut off by Union cavalry and other troops. Most surrendered, including eight Confederate generals. One general who was able to escape from another encounter on this day - the Battle of Rice’s Station - was native Georgian James Longstreet, although his troops’ progress was blocked by Union forces Longstreet was able to lead them towards joining with what remained of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

Image of Battle of Sailor’s Creek; Rice’s Station; Appomattox Campaign Appomattox Campaign Map
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