Confederate Cemetery
Surrounded by an iron fence,
the little cemetery contains
the graves of the last soldiers
to die in combat under Robert
E. Lee. - Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox, Virginia - Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox, Virginia
Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox
The small cemetery at Appomattox Court House
National Historical Park contains the graves of
fourteen Confederates and one Federal.
Monument to Southern Dead
A monument paying tribute to
all Confederate dead of the
Civil War stands in the corner
of the little cemetery.
Cemetery Marker
The Confederate Cemetery is
now part of Appomattox Court
House National Historical
Park and is a moving place to
reflect on the cost of a war
that claimed the lives of more
than 640,000 American
Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox Court House, Virginia
Casualties of Lee's Final Battles
Photos by Heather LaBone
On April 8-9, 1865, Union and Confederate
forces fought the Battle of Appomattox Station
and the
Battle of Appomattox Court House in
VIrginia. They were they final actions of
General Robert E. Lee and the Army of
Northern Virginia.

A small Confederate cemetery at
National Historical Park contains the graves
of eighteen Confederate soldiers who died in
these battles, the last men to give their lives
in combat under Lee's direction. Also buried
there is a single Union soldier who was
found buried in an unmarked grave some
years after the war.

All but seven of the soldiers buried at the
Appomattox Confederate Cemetery remain
unknowns to this day. Among those who
have been identified is Private Jesse H.
Hutchins from Company G, Fifth Alabama
Infantry. His story is particularly telling.

Hutchins enlisted in Alabama only five days
after Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter,
igniting the war that would continue for four
long years. His regiment, the Fifth Alabama,
was mustered into Confederate service in
May of 1861 and initially served at Pensacola
under General Braxton Bragg.

Sent to Virginia, the 5th Alabama took part in
the Battles of Seven Pines, Gaines Mill,
Malvern Hill, Second Manassas, Antietam,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness,
Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Winchester and
Petersburg. Jesse Hutchins, ironically,
survived all of these horrible battles only to
die at Appomattox Court House just hours
before General Lee surrendered the Army of
Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant.
Hutchins was killed in a sharp skirmish with
Union cavalry on the evening of April 8, 1865.
Like the others now buried at Confederate
Cemetery, he was initially interred nearby. In
1866, however, the remains of Confederate
soldiers were gathered from their resting
places around Appomattox Court House and
brought here through the efforts of the Ladies
Memorial Association of Appomattox.

It is thought that as many as 100 Southern
soldiers may have died in the fighting at
Appomattox Court House, but only these
eighteen could be found.
The Union dead from the battles at
Appomattox were later exhumed and taken to
Poplar Grove National Cemetery near
Petersburg, Virginia. One exception was the
Union soldier who now lies buried by his
former enemies at Confederate Cemetery.
His body was found some years after the war
and moved to the small burial ground.

Known soldiers in the cemetery are:

  • John William Ashby - Co. I, 12th
    Virginia Cavalry.
  • Oscar Demesme - Donaldsonville
    Artillery (Lousianna)
  • J.W. Douglas
  • Alanson B. Hicks - Co. D, 26th
    Virginia Infantry
  • John A. Hogan - Co. E, 26th Georgia
  • Jesse. H. Hutchins - Co. G, 5th
    Alabama Infantry
  • Miles Cary Macon - 38th Batt. Virginia
  • Francis M. Winn - Co. E, 9th Georgia
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