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150 Years Ago This Week: The last organized surrender

June 1865 On Wednesday, June 21, President Andrew Johnson appointed Lewis E. Parsons as provisional governor of Alabama; this was in keeping with the president’s policy of appointing provisional governors in the former Confederate States before the Radicals in the…
150 Years Ago This Week: The Grand Review

May 1865 On Saturday, May 20, near Longwood, Missouri, Federal troops got into a firefight with Confederate guerrillas on the Blackwater River. This kind of engagement was common as news of the Confederate surrenders spread around the country. President Andrew…

May 1865 On Friday, May 12, in far southern Texas, some 500 Union troops under command of Col. Theodore Barrett marched inland from Brazos Santiago (now Matamoros), towards Brownsville. Some 300 Confederate troops under Col. John “Rip” Ford were encamped at Palmito Ranch…

May 1865 After the surrender of Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor and his Confederate army in Alabama and Mississippi on Thursday, May 4, there remained only Confederate troops under Gen. Kirby Smith in the Trans-Mississippi; Brig. Gen. Jeff Thompson’s troops in…

On Saturday, April 29, President Andrew Johnson removed trade restrictions in former Confederate states east of the Mississippi River, within military lines. President Jefferson Davis and the remainder of the Confederate cabinet continued their movement to the south.

April 1865 On Wednesday, April 12, on the fourth anniversary of the start of the war, with the city of Charleston, South Carolina in Union hands, Maj. Thomas Hugenan, Fort Sumter’s last Confederate commander, simply evacuated the crumbling fort. The…