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In Virginia, Custer's cavalry captures vital supplies and blocks the Confederate retreat at Appomattox Station

Civil War Battle, iconic image
04/08/1865
Desperate for supplies, the beleaguered Army of Northern Virginia became increasingly dependent on four supply trains waiting at Appomattox Station.  Unfortunately for them, the Union cavalry of General George Armstrong Custer arrived in the afternoon and captured most of the desperately needed materiel. A running four hour battle then ensued, cavalry against artillerymen, many serving as infantry. The Confederate forces were pushed back and Custer and his men cut off one of the last avenues of Confederate retreat.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Benson J. Lossing, The Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War in the United States of America (Hartford, CT: T. Belnap, 1874), 557.

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