The Last Great Book Sale!

With the war winding down, I need to do two things. First, I’ve got a mess ‘o books – far more than I have shelves, really. Second, I need to raise a bit of money to keep the website up and running for the next decade or so. And that brings us to this… BelowRead More

The Final Surrender

May 26, 1865 (Saturday) While the surrender of Lee’s army had gone off with little trouble, and Johnston’s eventually worked out, that of Kirby Smith’s sprawling yet dwindling army west of the Mississippi was a different story. It had been coming, of course. Ever since they learned of Lee’s capitulation it was certain. There wereRead More

Citizenship of Former Slaves ‘Fearful to Contemplate’

May 25, 1865 (Friday) Henry William Ravenel was a botanist from South Carolina. Through his studies he discovered numerous new species of fungi and is still remembered for his work. He was, however, also a slave owner. He had inherited his plantation from his father, and with this inheritance came families of slaves. As theRead More

The Second and Last Day of the Great Pageant – The Grand Review of Sherman’s Armies

May 24, 1865 (Thursday) As with the day previous, below you’ll find text pulled from the New York Times describing the second day of the Grand Review. It is accompanied by photographs taken mostly by Matthew Brady. The men who marched from the Ohio to the Tennessee under BUELL, only to march back again; whoRead More

Propitious Weather and a Splendid Spectacle – The Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac

May 23, 1865 (Tuesday) Below are photos of today’s Grand Review culled from the Library of Congress. They are accompanied by selections of print from the New York Times. The Army of the Potomac has passed in review. The first day’s pageant is over, and to the correspondent falls the duty of depicting a sceneRead More

Jefferson Davis Finally Imprisoned

May 22, 1865 (Monday) On this date, Jefferson Davis was removed from the steamer Clyde and taken to his cell inside Fortress Monroe. Below are four accounts, including that of Davis himself, of this day. Lieut. Col. Benjamin D. Pritchard, Fourth Michigan Cavalry We remained on shipboard until the 22d instant, disposing, meanwhile, of allRead More

‘Mr. Davis Was Exceedingly Depressed’ – The Rebel President Arrives Before Hampton Roads

May 21, 1865 (Sunday) On Board Steamer Clyde, Off Fortress Monroe, May 21, 1865. Major-General Halleck, U.S. Army: Sir: I have the honor to report the following-named prisoners and persons remaining in my custody on board this steamer after having made the transfers directed in your order of the 20th instant, viz: Jeff. Davis andRead More