The battle of High Bridge was one of several actions which occurred on April 6, 1865, during the Appomattox campaign. Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant considered the battle pivotal to bringing about the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox.
April 5, 1865 Gen. Robert E. Lee put the Army of Northern Virginia in motion wesr from Amelia Courthouse forced to towards Farmville in search of way to evade the Union forces after them and supply his beleagured men. The strategic importance of the High Bridge was fatefully placed in the path of both the Confederate and Union armies. As the Confederates vied to reach the bridge to escape capitulation, the Union army under General Ulysses S. Grant sought to cut them off before they could escape.
The High Bridge becomes the focal point for which both armies will converge on path to the conclusion of the war. In a daring and crucial undertaking Union forces of Army of the James were sent ahead to cut off the Confederates from using the bridge. It would be the furthest point the Union army would reach on April 6. The actions of the Union detachment created a diversion which redirected the mounted resources of Gen. Lee's Cavalry from other useful advantages in countering the Union advance.
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