Following Appomattox-Part 1

Our Brigade, the Texas Brigade, was made up of the 1st, 4th and 5th Texas and the 3rd Arkansas.

Marse Robert surrendered us to the Yanks today.  I guess it was a good thing. We had been at the rear of General Longstreets’s column when we arrived near a small village.  During the early morning hours we heard firing and prepared for an assault on their lines. The firing had gone on for quite a while. We were trying a breakout from the Yanks’ tightening noose.  It didn’t seem as if our boys were making any progress. All of a sudden Yanks appeared in our rear. We maneuvered to face them and started digging trenches with our bayonets, knives or anything that we could find.  Then Yanks appeared on our left and right flanks. We got in the small trenches and waited for the Yanks to charge.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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