With the war’s end, memorials begin
It was 150 years ago that America’s deadliest conflict drew to a close.
Though the final surrender of a command by a Confederate general did not occur until June 23, 1865, the Confederacy died on April 9, 1865, the day Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. This took place in the parlor of the home of Wilimer McLean at Appomattox, Va.
The following morning, Lee issued his eloquent farewell message to his troops: