Five Forks

Five Forks, crossroads near Dinwiddie Courthouse, SW of Petersburg, Va. The last important battle of the Civil War was fought there on Apr. 1, 1865. Philip H. Sheridan , leading his own and Gouverneur K. Warren's corps, decisively defeated the Confederates under Pickett. The victory led to the fall of Petersburg , the capture of Richmond, and the surrender of Lee's army at Appomattox Court House.

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