When the Yankees drove old DIXIE down

Murphy, Brian John
April 2005
Civil War Times;Apr2005, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p34
The article informs that in April 1865, Robert E. Lee brought off one of the war's most difficult maneuvers, only to face no option but surrender. Lee's army of approximately 35,000 was stretched 35 miles from Richmond to Dinwiddie Court House--now leaving about 1,000 men per mile of front to defend. At about 1: 30 in the morning, the distant roar of Union cannons began to echo around headquarters. James Longstreet were discussing where to place 4,000 expected reinforcements when an officer rushed in to tell the generals that the supply wagons were in flight up the Cox Road, past Lee's headquarters.


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