Battle of Sailor's Creek

OTHER NAME: Hillsman Farm, Lockett Farm

CAMPAIGN: Appomatox Campaign

DATE(S): March-April 1865

PRINCIPAL COMMANDERS: Major General Philip Sheridan [US] Lieutenant General Richard Ewell [CS]

FORCES ENGAGED: 0 total (US 0; CS 0;)

ESTIMATED CASUALTIES: 8,848 total (US 1,148; CS 7,700;)


On April 6 at Sailor's Creek, nearly one fourth of the retreating Confederate army was cut off by Sheridan's Cavalry and elements of the II and VI Corps. Most surrendered, including Confederate generals Richard S. Ewell, Barton, Simms, Kershaw, Custis Lee, Dubose, Hunton, and Corse. This action was considered the death knell of the Confederate army. Upon seeing the survivors streaming along the road, Lee exclaimed "My God, has the army dissolved?"

RESULTS: Union Victory