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Odd Wisconsin Archive

The End of the Civil War


On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse and the Civil War came to an end. On that day a Wisconsin soldier, James Angevine, in a unit ready to attack its Confederate adversaries, halted with bayonets fixed on hearing the news. Another soldier, M. H. Cram, told the Racine Journal what the final days of the war were like for him.

When the news was announced on the home front, it brought five days of elation. Here is how it was greeted in Watertown. Less than a week later the sense of relief and triumph were brought to a sudden end by the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.


:: Posted in Curiosities on April 11, 2005
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