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A crossroads in southeast Virginia southwest of Petersburg where the last major Civil War battle was fought on April 1, 1865. The Union victory led to the fall of Petersburg, the capture of Richmond, and the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9.