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The race begins when the Union armies of General Ulysses S. Grant finally break through Confederate General Robert E. Lee's lines at Petersburg. The Confederates, hoping for a last chance at survival, are doggedly pursued. Appomattox tells the story of the last days of the American Civil War from the viewpoints of the presidents, generals, soldiers, and civilians who were there. Fighting running battles, as the armies collide, the soldiers of both armies await the end to the long struggle. On April 9, 1865, the end finally occurs with the surrender of the Confederate army at Appomattox Court House. By James W. Wensyel. Paperback, 262 pages.