150 years ago

“I received your letter of this date containing the terms of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia as proposed by you. As they are substantially the same as those expressed in your letter of the 8th inst., they are accepted.”

With those words, on April 9th, 150 years ago, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia. His surrender brought an end officially to the American Civil War. Over 75,000 had died in the struggle. There are many resources-famous battles and famous people, to fictional accounts and scholarly works- to commemorate this historic anniversary.

See especially The Library of Congress and Digital Public Library’s holdings.