Lee's retreat began in Petersburg, Virginia, in April, 1865, after the Union Army broke through Confederate lines and ended the long siege of the city. It was the starting point of Lee's retreat as Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia attempted to break away. Lee's retreat is a 200-mile trip across Virginia, from Petersburg to Appomattox, where Lee finally surrendered to Grant. A thoroughly informative brochure and map can be obtained at the Petersburg visitors center or any battlefield site in the state. It follows the retreat of Lee's army, day by day, stop by stop, skirmish by skirmish. One of the highlights is the battle of Sailor's Creek. The climax, of course, is Appomattox Court House and the McLean house, where the surrender was signed. It is all as it was in 1865. If you are a history buff, you can't miss it.
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