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April 9, 1865

Robert E. Lee Surrenders his army
to Ulysses S. Grant
at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia

On this day in 1865, Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant.

Although this did not officially end the war, it did spell the beginning of the end for the Confederate States of America.

President Andrew Johnson declared the "insurrection" over in most of the Confederate states on April 2, 1866 but left out Texas because it had not yet formed a new state government so was still not officially part of the United States of America. It wasn't until August 20, 1866, that Johnson declared the "insurrection" at an end "throughout the whole of the United States of America.".