Ration trains sent from Lynchburg are awaiting Lee’s army at the station. Lee’s forces are inbound, still three miles out, passing through Appomattox Court House. Union Cavalry arrives at the station, captures the trains, and then contests Confederate artillery until it retreats. The Northern horseman now block Lee’s pathway west and Lee’s forces are all but surrounded.
As Lee’s army continued its march along the various roadways leading into Farmville, three sections of the Southern army give battle to the pursuing Union forces only to be defeated. 7,700 of his men are killed, wounded, or taken prisoner along with 8 Confederate generals, eliminating nearly one-fifth of Lee’s fighting force from the contest.
Through some mix-up, the rations failed to arrive and Lee is forced to forage upon the countryside and gives up his one-day lead on Grant’s army. Union forces at Jetersville cut off Lee’s southern objective of Danville and he is forced west to Farmville where 80,000 rations await his troops.