Places in Eastern Theater

Battle of Amelia Springs
On April 5, Confederate cavalry under Fitzhugh Lee and Rosser assaulted Union cavalry under George Crook as they returned from burning Confederate wagons at Painesville. This running fight started north of Amelia Springs and pushed through and beyond Jetersville. Explore this place »
Battle of Appomattox Court House
Description:Early on April 9, the remnants of John Broun Gordon’s corps and Fitzhugh Lee’s cavalry formed line of battle at Appomattox Court House. Gen. Robert E. Lee determined to make one last attempt to escape the closing Union pincers and reach his supplies at Lynchburg. Explore this place »
Battle of Cedar Creek
At dawn, October 19, 1864, the Confederate Army of the Valley under Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early surprised the Federal army at Cedar Creek and routed the VIII and XIX Army Corps. Explore this place »
Battle of Cumberland Church
On April 7, the advance of the Union II Corps encountered Confederate forces entrenched on high ground near Cumberland Church. The Union forces attacked twice but were repulsed, and darkness halted the conflict. Explore this place »
Battle of Dinwiddie Court House
On March 29, with the Cavalry Corps and the II and V Corps, Sheridan undertook a flank march to turn Gen. Robert E. Lee's Petersburg defenses. A steady downpour turned the roads to mud, slowing the advance. Explore this place »
Battle of Fisher’s Hill
Early’s army, bloodied by its defeat at Opequon (Third Winchester) on September 19, took up a strong defensive position at Fisher’s Hill, south of Strasburg. Explore this place »
Battle of Five Forks
The Battle of Five Forks took place in Dinwiddie County, Virginia on April 1, 1865, during the American Civil War. The victorious Union forces, commanded by Major General Philip Sheridan captured over 2,400 Confederate soldiers during the short battle. More importantly, the Union victory threatened Robert E. Lee's supply lines into, and his best escape route out of, Petersburg, forcing Lee to conclude that he had to abandon Petersburg and Richmond. Explore this place »
Battle of Fort Stevens
The Battle of Fort Stevens took place in the District of Columbia on July 11 - 12, 1864. Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early's plan to invade the nation's capital was thwarted when Union reinforcements arrived in time to defend Fort Stevens. Explore this place »
Battle of High Bridge
On April 6, the Confederate cavalry fought stubbornly to secure the Appomattox River bridges. On April 7, Union forces were able to save the wagon bridge. Failure to destroy this bridge enabled Union forces to catch up with the Confederates at Farmville. Explore this place »
Battle of Lewis’s Farm
On March 29, in the opening moves of Grant’s spring offensive, Sheridan marched with the army’s cavalry followed by the V Corps toward Dinwiddie Court House to turn the right flank of Lee’s Petersburg defenses. Explore this place »
Battle of Lynchburg
From Lexington, Major General David Hunter advanced against the Confederate rail and canal depots and the hospital complex at Lynchburg. Explore this place »
Battle of Monocracy
The Battle of Monocracy is known as the Battle that Saved Washington. Explore this place »
Battle of Namozine Church
A brigade of Union cavalry under Col. William Well's (Custer's Division) attacked Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry near Namozine Church on April 3. Explore this place »
Battle of New Market
Confederate forces defeated Union forces at the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864. Explore this place »
Battle of Opequon
The Battle of Opequon, also known as the Battle of Third Winchester, was the bloodiest engagement of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. On the morning of September 19, 1864 Major General Philip Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah advanced on Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early's Army of the Valley, near Winchester, Virginia. Logistical problems delayed the Union attack, enabling Early to consolidate his army. The greatly outnumbered Confederate army mounted a spirited defense that split Sheridan's forces, but Brigadier General Emory Upton mounted a vigorous counterattack that stemmed the Confederate tide. Early was forced to retreat to Fisher's Hill, where the two armies fought again two days later. Explore this place »
Battle of Petersburg III
With Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1, Grant and Meade ordered a general assault against the Petersburg. After dark, Lee ordered the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond. Grant had achieved one of the major military objectives of the war: the capture of Petersburg, which led to the fall of Richmond, the Capitol of the Confederacy. Explore this place »
Battle of Rice’s Station
On April 6, Longstreet’s command reached Rice’s Station, its farthest point south, where it was blocked by Union XXIV Corps. After some skirmishing, Longstreet withdrew over the High Bridge during the night toward Farmville. Explore this place »
Battle of Sailor's Creek
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. This action was considered the death knell of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Explore this place »
Battle of Sutherland’s Station
Union columns converged on Petersburg on April 2. The Confederate defenders were scattered and driven northwestward. With this victory, the Federals possessed the South Side Railroad, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s last supply line into Petersburg. Explore this place »
Battle of Tom’s Brook
The Battle of Tom’s Brook was a cavalry engagement fought along Tom’s Brook near Woodstock, Virginia during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. Union Brigadier General Alfred Torbert’s cavalry surprised Confederate cavalry divisions commanded by Major General Thomas Rosser and Major General Lunsford Lomax on October 9, 1864. The routed Rebels retreated so rapidly that Union cavalrymen referred to the Confederate flight as the Woodstock Races. The Union victory impaired the morale and effectiveness of the Rebel cavalry for the remainder of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. Explore this place »

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