Early spring, 1865:
In front of Petersburg
Confederate forces try a bold attack on the Federal lines in an attempt to break
General Gordon captures Ft. Stedman in a pre-dawn raid and then tries to exploit
the gap so that Lee can move south to join up with Gen Johnston !
Union troops rally however and hit Gordon from both sides and after 4 hours they
recapture Ft. Stedman. General Lee has to abandon Petersburg a week later .
Following a week of hard fighting the Army of Northern Virginia is finally
surrounded at Appomattox Court House . Outnumbered, outgunned and outsupplied
the end was at hand as Federal Forces closed in for a final smashing assault.
Gen. Lee sent a
messenger asking for a meeting with General Grant and the soldiers on both sides
knew it was over.
It was at that moment a stillness fell over the field and that deadly space
between the two armies was no more!