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004-0019 Sayler's Creek Battlefield

Sayler's Creek Battlefield
Photo credit: Ed Lay, 2008

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VLR Listing Date 10/16/1984

NRHP Listing Date 02/04/1985

NHL Listing Date 02/04/1985

NRHP Reference Number 85002436

On April 6, 1865 Sayler’s Creek (the Union forces mistakenly called it Sailor’s Creek) was the site of the last major battle between the armies of generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. Some 7,700 Confederate soldiers—roughly one-fifth of Lee’s army—and 8 of his generals were captured here. The Union success led to the final downfall of Lee’s army three days later. In reporting his victory to President Lincoln, Gen. Philip Sheridan (by way of Gen. Grant) wrote, “if the thing is pressed, I think that Lee will surrender.” Lincoln replied, “Let the thing be pressed.” Engagements at Hillsman’s Farm, Marshall’s Crossroads, and Lockett’s Farm constituted the battle’s main actions. The Hillsman House and the Lockett house are part of the interpretive sites within the Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park in Amelia and Prince Edward counties.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: August 14, 2022