April 11, 1865: The War Continues Elsewhere

It did not take long for Ulysses S. Grant to leave Appomattox Court House: he did so on the afternoon of April 10, when he headed to Burkeville to catch a train to City Point. That repaired line proved rather rickety, as Grant did not make it to City Point until April 11, where Mrs. Grant awaited his arrival. The general declined an offer to visit Richmond, but several staff officers took advantage of a travel delay to visit the former capital of the Confederacy.

Robert E. Lee stayed near Appomattox Court House: he would not leave until April 12. He spent some time gathering information and preparing a report of his army’s final campaign, declaring that Grant had five times as many soldiers as Lee–a rather large exaggeration, to say the least.

At Danville, Jefferson Davis prepared to carry on the fight. So did Dabney Maury at Mobile, although he had decided to evacuate that city in the wake of Union successes on April 9 and 10. Meanwhile, William T. Sherman approached Goldsborough, North Carolina, where he learned of the events at Appomattox. Now he could focus his efforts on taking out Joseph E. Johnston’s ramshackle Rebel army.

2 thoughts on “April 11, 1865: The War Continues Elsewhere

  1. Mike Stone, Peterborough, England April 11, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Was it that much of an exaggeration?

    If Lee had only 8,000 armed men on April 9, I should think Grant could easily have had five times that.

    • Brooks D. Simpson April 12, 2015 / 12:37 am

      However, Lee surrendered many more men than that, and it’s a good question whether he knew how many were unarmed. If he had accurate numbers for his own army, then he was exceedingly foolish after April 6. That he knew that some of his soldiers had thrown away their arms is confirmed in his April 12, 1865 report to Davis.

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