Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Most Tragic Conflict=

Declaring that Peace, Order, Tranquility, and Civil Authority Now Exists in and Throughout the Whole of the United States of America.  Proclamation 157, President Andrew Johnson.
August 20, 1866

The bloodiest war in US History was declared over by President Andrew Johnson on this date 150 years ago.

The American Civil War, or for those still fighting it, "The War of Northern Aggression," started with the attack on Fort Sumter by a Confederacy of seven Southern slave states.  The Confederate States of America ultimately consisted of eleven states.

The war was over in the spring of 1865 when the Confederate government imploded.

The war cost 620,000  American lives and generated millions of pages of written material, books, magazine articles, and scholarly papers.


Lin said...

Such a sad part of our history. So many lives lost!

vanilla said...

Lin, until very recently there had been more lives lost in that conflict than in all the other wars in which we have been engaged. Sad, indeed.

Vee said...

A time that is even hard to read about.

vanilla said...

Vee, true; the whole thing seems inconceivable. But people can be both wicked and unpredictable.