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Thirty-Six Hours Before Appomattox carefully examines primary sources, along with terrain features and archeological data to clarify the events relating to the fighting which took place along Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865. The Battle of Sailor's Creek, actually three separate engagements, was the last major battle before the surrender of Lee's army and many of the greatest and most illustrious leaders of both armies clashed together for the last time on this field of conflict. Sailor's Creek was not the last or only time the armies would be engaged in the last days of the war, so the military operations around the nearby town of Farmville are also examined. As will be shown, the route chosen by Lee in leaving the Farmville area would set the stage for the ultimate envelopment by Grant around the adjoining county seat village of Appomattox Court House. By Chris Calkins, 80 pages.