Many people presume that the Civil War ended with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Many people are wrong.
The war actually continued for another two weeks until Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston could come to terms at Bennett Place, North Carolina.
However, in-fighting on both sides threatened the peace negotiations. An expert from James A. Garfield National Historic Site explains how the tenuous ceasefire was nearly undermined by dueling goals and the assassination of President Lincoln.
Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at our Main Branch. The topic will be the extraordinary naval career of Admiral David G. Farragut.
By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, some other previous talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety:
- Ulysses Grant & the 1868 Election
- The History of the Medal of Honor
- Burying the Dead after a Civil War Battle
- James A. Garfield & the First Decoration Day
- Prelude to Fort Sumter: The Mexican-American War
- Ambrose Burnside: An Innovator in Firearms & Facial Hair
- Warriors to the White House – Civil War Generals that Became President
- General Winfield Scott Hancock
- the Civil War and the Grand Army of the Republic
- from Civil War to Civil Rights
- political cartooning during and after the Civil War
- the Civil War and USS Michigan