Remembering the fall of the Confederacy

Spring brings about thoughts of gardening, farming, outside activities and other iconic images of the season. However, it is important to remember that for many of us, the memory of the sacrifices of our ancestors become very relevant in the April and May time of year.

In April 1865, and for more than a week following the fall of Richmond, the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee, attempted to outrun, outfight, and outmaneuver the numerically superior forces of Union General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac.

The Confederates moved along the along the Appomattox Rive...