At dawn, the Army of Northern Virginia makes one last effort to break out the Union encirclement

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04/09/1865
In one last effort to break out of the chain of Union forces surrounding his Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate General Lee ordered an attack at his front at the Appomattox Court House, believing this to be the weakest link, manned as it was only by Sheridan's cavalry.  But during the night the Union's XXIV and V Corps had force marched to reinforce Sheridan. Winning initial success against the cavalry, the Confederate advance was halted on reaching the Union infantry.  Lee would surrender within hours. (By John Osborne)  
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Benson J. Lossing, The Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War in the United States of America (Hartford, CT: T. Belnap, 1874), 556-558.
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 102.
 

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