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On This Day: The End of the American Civil War


On this day: in history (1865), the American Civil War effectively ended with the surrender of Confederate General Lee to Union General Grant at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. After the surrender of Lee, confederate generals throughout the Confederate army followed suit. By the end of the war, much of the South’s infrastructure was destroyed, especially its railroads. The Confederacy collapsed, slavery was abolished, and four million enslaved black people were freed.

In total the war left between 620,000 and 750,000 soldiers dead, along with an undetermined number of civilian casualties. President Lincoln was assassinated just five days after Lee’s surrender. The Civil War remains the deadliest military conflict in American history.
The American Civil War was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America, a collection of eleven southern states that left the Union in 1860 and 1861. The war began on April 12,1861 primarily as a result of the long-standing disagreement over the institution of slavery. After four bloody years of conflict, the United States defeated the Confederate States. In the end, the states that were in rebellion were readmitted to the United States, and the institution of slavery was abolished nation-wide.

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