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Lee’s Retreat

The ten-month-long siege of Petersburg ended on April 2–3, 1865, when Confederate forces evacuated the city. Gen. Robert E. Lee led his army west in a retreat that ended six days later at Appomattox Court House. Today you can follow the route of Lee’s Retreat from the antebellum South Side Station at River Street and Cockade Alley in Petersburg’s old town center to Appomattox. Radio transmitters, colorful markers, and museums interpret key stops along the way. Obtain a Lee’s Retreat Civil War Trails map guide at the Petersburg Visitor Center, 435 Cockade Alley, by calling 1-888-CIVILWAR, or by downloading it from the Web site, www.civilwartrails.org.