When Did the South Surrender in the Civil War?
This video talks about the details of the Southern surrender at the end of the U.S. Civil War. A precursor to the formal surrender involved a meeting of President Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Secretary of State Seward and the Vice president of the C.S.A. Alexander Stephens at the Hampton Roads Peace Conference in February of 1865. Lincoln was seeking peace, but only under the following conditions: reunion of the states, freedom of the slaves, and immediate disbanding of the Confederate Army. Stephens rejected Lincoln’s offer because it offered no incentive to the South. Grant was driving on Richmond in order to capture the Confederate Capital. On April 9th, 1865, at Appomattox, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant. Lee was in charge of the Army of Northern Virginia. He surrendered his army, but it was not the same as a full surrender by Jefferson Davis as the president of the Confederacy. Many other Confederate Generals followed Lee’s lead and also surrendered their armies to the Union forces. Shortly afterward, on May 10, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured and jailed, thus ending the Civil War and began the era of Reconstruction.
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Last updated: 03/26/2018