150 Years Ago This Week

150 Years Ago This Week: It is finished

When CSS Shenandoah set sail for Liverpool on Aug. 2, 1865 after the crew learned from the British ship Barracouta that the war had ended months earlier and that the Confederacy had collapsed, the North and South were still settling into a somewhat uneasy peace. […]

150 Years Ago This Week

150 Years Ago This Week: The last flag down

As August 1865 began, the country, north and south, was still coming to grips with four intense years of bloody warfare. Out in the vast Pacific Ocean, the Confederate raider CSS Shenandoah cruised south, unaware that the war had ended months before. […]

150 Years Ago This Week

150 Years Ago This Week: Straight out to sea

After waiting nearly three weeks to learn where their sentences for complicity in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were to be served, Samuel Mudd, Edman Spangler, Michael O’Laughlen and Samuel Arnold were taken to a ship and there learned their inescapable fate. […]

150 Years Ago This Week

150 Years Ago This Week: A weak start to Reconstruction

Confederate Lt. Gen. Simon B. Buckner entered into a military convention with Union Maj. Gen. Peter Osterhaus. Under the terms of surrender, all resistance would cease and officers and men were to be paroled under terms similar to those offered at Appomattox on April 9. Meanwhile, President Johnson issued an amnesty and pardon proclamation to all persons who “directly or indirectly participated in the existing rebellion” with some exceptions. […]

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150 Years Ago This Week

150 Years Ago This Week: The Confederacy unravels

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. […]