The significant events between March 1864 and the passing of the 13TH Amendment
General Grant appointed Commander-in-Chief of all Union Armies
May 16, 1864
May 31- June 3, 1864
Lincoln is re-nominated for President
General Grant bottles General Lee in Petersburg and begins siege
June 18, 1864
POW Camps, like Andersonville Prison, become death traps
June – July, 1864
Lincoln wins a second term
Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army begins their “March to the Sea”
November 15, 1864
General Lee flees Petersburg. Most of his ragged soldiers have deserted. Petersburg and Richmond fall.
April 2, 1865
General Grant forces General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. Other CSA armies follow marking the end of the war.
April 9, 1865.
President Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth
April 15, 1865
Union soldiers begin to return home after the surrender. By November 4/5th (801,000) have returned home.
The 13th Amendment is proposed and ratified officially abolishing slavery