April 1865 Part 2

This is a continuation of the post on the events of April 1865.

April 3rd: Richmond is captured by Union forces. The Confederates were pushed from their lines at Petersburg. It was now possible for the Federal troops to march into Richmond unhindered.  General Lee sent a telegraph to President Davis while he was attending church at St. Paul’s in Richmond. The telegraph said that Davis had better evacuate quickly because the Yankees were coming. Jefferson Davis and his cabinet fled on the day known as Evacuation Sunday.

April 9th: Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses Grant. General Lee surrendered in the home of Wilmer Mclean (on whose property the first battle of the war was fought). General Grant, in his terms was very kind to General Lee. He said  any man who entered the army with a horse or mule may leave with that same animal provided it was still living. Grant also gave rations to every man in the Army of Northern Virginia. With the signing  of the surrender the Confederacy essentially ended

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