Sayler's Creek Battlefield

VA 617, 618, and 619, Farmville, Virginia


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Sayler's Creek Battlefield, 1936 photo. Cropped in 2008 to remove border and caption whose complete text was "Sayler's Creek Battlefield State Park, 1936 / Looking from Ewell's right across Sayler's Creek (Hillsman House in background) / N. P. S. photograph".

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After the April 2-3 evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg and the flight of the Confederate government, Gen. Robert E. Lee attempted to move his Army of Northern Virginia to North Carolina, where he hoped to join forces with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. A logistical mix-up caused a one-day delay at Amelia Court House, during which time Union forces moved to his front and cut off his line of retreat. The three distinct battles fought on April 6, 1865, in the valley of Sayler's Creek form the last major engagement between the armies commanded by Lee and Grant, and led to the surrender at Appomatox Court House. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 4, 1985

This landmark is located in both Amelia and Prince Edward Counties, but is officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places with Amelia County as the primary county.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 4, 1985
Reference number
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Battle site
Current functions
Museum; Park
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 4

Update Log 

  • January 7, 2016: Updated by Michael Miller: Imported Photos