U. S. CIVIL WAR
Because the Confederate and Union units took so many different routes during
the retreat it is impractical, in this short presentation, to attempt to describe
all of them. There appears to be, however, a general consensus regarding an
auto tour which would include most of the major events of the retreat. This
perceived consensus is the source for the path described here and shown on the
maps in this section.
A majority of the text not written specifically for this section is from the U.S. Gov't, National Park Service) - Ed.
Five Forks - Aerial View.
April 1, 1865
Estimated Casualties: 3,780 total (US 830; CS 2,950)
Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered Pickett with his infantry division and Munford’s, W.H.F. Lee’s, and Rosser’s cavalry divisions to hold the vital crossroads of Five Forks at all hazard. On April 1, while Sheridan’s cavalry pinned the Confederate force in position, the V Corps under Maj. Gen. G.K. Warren attacked and overwhelmed the Confederate left flank, taking many prisoners.
Charge of the Fifth Corps on Pickett's troops at Five Forks, April 1, 1865
Five Forks - May, 2006.
(Previous N.P.S. Visitor Center is on the left.)
Dissatisfied with his performance at Five Forks, Sheridan relieved Warren of command of the V Corps.
Five Forks Monument