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The Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, fought April 9, 1865, was one of the last battles of the Civil War. It was fought the same day that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox to General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of all Union Armies in the field. The Battle of Appomattox Courthouse was notable as Confederates under General John B. Gordon attacked Union troops to their front, advanced to a ridgline, and were then confronted by overwhelming numbers of Union soldiers in at least two corps deployed for battle. On receiving word of the presence of such strong opposition, Lee concluded that he had no alternative but to surrender.

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