Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

June 2, 1865

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on June 2, 2015

KirbySmithCloseupSmallThe American Civil War ended one hundred fifty years ago today, at about 5 p.m. local time, when Lieutenant General Edmund Kirby Smith (right) surrendered the Confederate Trans-Mississippi Department to U.S. Brigadier General E. J. Davis, aboard U.S.S. Fort Jackson, anchored off the bar at Galveston. The Trans-Mississippi Department, with a nominal strength of 40,000 men or more, had almost entirely dissolved over the previous six weeks. Kirby Smith’s was the last major Confederate command to surrender, although some smaller, isolated units held on for weeks (or months) longer.

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