& Lee's Retreat
Civil War Virginia
The area of Virginia between the James River and the North Carolina border was virtually untouched by warring armies during most of the war but certainly was not unaffected by it. Important supply depots at Danville, Lynchburg and Petersburg kept the Confederate armies fed and supplied. The behind-the-lines nature of this area made it a relatively safe place for hospitals and prisons.
By the summer of 1864, however, things changed. A powerful Union army threatened Petersburg, and another made a stab at Lynchburg. Cavalry raids disturbed previously peaceful areas far from the war zones. Then, in April 1865, citizens of this area witnessed the final great drama of the war as Lee's army limped to Appomattox.
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