Nearly a quarter of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army, more than 7,700 men, were killed, wounded or captured on April 6, 1865, at the battle of Sailor’s Creek. Lee surrendered his army 72 hours later at Appomattox Court House. The Overton-Hillsman farmhouse, circa 1780, is open to the public for guided tours. The house was restored to reflect the 1865 conditions the family and soldiers experienced when the house served as a Union field hospital. The park’s visitor center houses exhibits showcasing artifacts and research about the battles of Sailor’s Creek and the war’s impact on the citizens of Southside Virginia. Visitors will be taken back that wet spring day when both armies and a galaxy of generals met at Sailor’s Creek for what was the last major battle of the American Civil War in Virginia. Living history events take place every April during the anniversary of the battle. Please contact the park office for information about interpretive programs. Motorists traveling along Lee’s Retreat can learn more about the battle by tuning their radios to AM 1610.
Last Updated: 11/6/2014 1:34 PM