Beginning Peace and Reunion
On Palm Sunday (April 9), 1865, Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the Southern States attempt to create a separate nation. It set the stage for the emergence of an expanded and more powerful Federal government. In a sense the struggle over how much power the central government would hold had finally been settled.
Did You Know?
In the week between evacuating Richmond on April 2nd and arriving in Appomattox on April 8th, Lee’s Confederate forces lost half their numbers, from roughly 60,000 men to about 30,000.