Civil War’s Aftermath: Reconstruction, Abolition, and Polygamy
Civil War, Changes from Civil War, Reconstruction of Society
By late 1864, the physical fighting of the American Civil War was moving toward a final resolution. In December, General William T. Sherman (of “war is hell” fame) completed his infamous and devastating march to the sea in Georgia. In early April, the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, fell to Union forces. On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee, commander of the army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his forces to Union general Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia—the rebellion more “worn out rather than suppressed,” as Union artillery colonel Charles Wainwright put it. Though skirmishes would continue for some weeks, the war was essentially over.
Original Publication Citation
“Civil War’s Aftermath,” in Civil War Saints. Kenneth L. Alford, ed. (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center and Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company), pp. 295-315.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Skinner, Andrew C., "Civil War’s Aftermath: Reconstruction, Abolition, and Polygamy" (2012). Faculty Publications. 3495.
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