Appomattox

[ap-uh-mat-uh ks]
noun
  1. a town in central Virginia where Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865, ending the Civil War.
  2. a river flowing E from E central Virginia to the James River. 137 miles (220 km) long.
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Appomattox

noun
  1. a village in central Virginia where the Confederate army under Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant's Union forces on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War
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Word Origin and History for appomattox

Appomattox

eccentric spelling of plural of Appomattoc, name of a local subgroup of the Powhatan (Algonquian) confederacy in Virginia (first attested as Apamatic, 1607). Site of last battle for Army of Northern Virginia (CSA) in the American Civil War, and of Lee's surrender to Grant in Wilmer McLean house, April 9, 1865.

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