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Friday, November 9, 2012
ARCHIVE / SEE "LINCOLN" NOW SAVE APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE BATTLEFIELDS
Image from the Civil War Trust website: www.civilwar.org
Movie still from "Lincoln"
EPIC “LINCOLN”--This week, the Stephen Spielberg film, “Lincoln” debuts nationally to
rich reviews like one from the New York
Times that calls this bio-epic splendid as in: “The
squalor and vigor, the glory and corruption of the Republic in action all too
rarely make it onto the big screen…There are exceptions, of course, and one of
them is Steven Spielberg’s splendid “Lincoln.”
Pop the popcorn, I’m
heading to the Bijou ASAP. Then this summer I’m heading to Virginia for a Civil
War Battlefield tourist.
But instead of spoiling the
plot of the movie (history is so hard to scoop) this space will be reserved to
making a plea for the hard working folks at The Civil War Trust
[www.civilwar.org] who are looking for history minded angels to collect $46,198 to purchase 175 acres of
Americana. The historic lands in
question are around two key Appomattox County, Virginia Civil War battlefields.
One parcel, a 45-acre
property, is significant as the scene of the last fighting in the East. It is
the ground over which Confederate General Martin Gary’s 7th South Carolina
Cavalry charged and, when repulsed, were pursued back across it by General
George A. Custer’s cavalry division. It is also the area where Custer received
the first Confederate truce flag.
Seventy-two hours before
Appomattox, nearly one fourth of Lee’s army was cut off and captured at the
Battle of Sailor’s Creek, and the 130 acres being saving there would be the
first land saved that tell the key “Marshall’s Crossroads” part of the story of
Donors who give $100 or
more will have their names added to a permanent display that will stand on the
ground the Civil War Trust is saving at Appomattox.
For a $36 donation you will
receive a 2013 Civil War Trust Calendar.
To donate go to
Lest we forget
SAILOR’S CREEK: On April 6, cavalry under Phil Sheridan effectively cut off three
corps of Lee's army, near Marshall's Crossroads while the Union Second and
Sixth Corps approached from the east. In three distinct engagements, the
Federals overwhelmed the defending Confederates, capturing 7,700 men and
depriving Lee of roughly one-fourth of his army. Among the prisoners were six
Confederate generals including Richard S. Ewell, Joseph Kershaw, and Custis
Lee, the commanding general's son. To President Jefferson Davis, Lee wrote,
"a few more Sailor's Creeks and it will all be over." Lee surrendered
three days later.
Harried mercilessly by Federal troops and continually cut off from turning
south, Gen. Robert E. Lee headed west, eventually arriving in Appomattox County
on April 8. Heading for the South Side
Railroad at Appomattox Station, where food supplies awaited, the Confederates
were cut off once again and nearly surrounded by Union troops near the small
village of Appomattox Court House.
Despite a final desperate attempt to escape, Lee’s army was
trapped. General Lee surrendered his
remaining troops to General Grant at the McLean House on the afternoon of April