Official end of the Civil War
April 9, 2024
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 9 of April, repeating indefinitely
On this day in 1865, the Civil War unofficially ended as General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
Did you know?: Lee arrived to the meeting in his full dress uniform, while future president Grant wore his muddy field uniform for the occasion. Terms of the surrender permitted the Confederate soldiers to keep their horses and to return home immediately in time for spring plowing.
Ironically, the surrender occurred in the home of Wilmer McLean, who had moved his family to the safety of Appomattox after witnessing one of the first battles of the Civil War at his home in Manassas.
The Surrender, Keith Rocco