Battle Detail

High Bridge

Other Name:
Appomatox Campaign
March-April 1865
Principal Commanders:
Major General Thomas Rosser [US] Major General William Mahone [CS]
Forces Engaged:
0 total (US 0; CS 0;)
Estimated Casualties:
947 total (US 847; CS 100;)
On April 6, the Confederate cavalry fought stubbornly to secure the Appomattox River bridges. Confederate general Dearing was mortally wounded. On April 7, elements of the II Corps came up against Longstreet's rear guard attempting to fire the High Bridge and wagon bridge. Union forces were able to save the wagon bridge over which the II Corps crossed in pursuit of Lee's army. Failure to destroy this bridge enabled Union forces to catch up with the Confederates at Farmville.
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