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May 3, 1865 Joseph "Joe" Brown, Governor of Georgia, calls a meeting of the state legislature when word reaches him of Joe Johnston's surrender.
May 4, 1865 General Richard Taylor [CS] surrenders the remaining troops in Alabama and Mississippi based on an agreement signed two days earlier
May 6, 1865 Shouting "Hurrah for Jeff Davis..." Philip Henry Mulkey was arrested in Eugene. A pro-Union mob broke down the jail door but Mulkey escaped harm.
Source: State of Oregon
May 10, 1865 President Jefferson Davis is captured near Irwinville
May 10, 1865 President Johnson declares armed resistance at an end
The Civil War
May 10, 1865 The CSS
Imogene becomes the last known ship to sucessfully run the naval blockade
May 11, 1865 Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens is arrested at Liberty Hall, his estate in Crawfordville, Georgia by members of the 4th Iowa Cavalry.
May 12, 1865 May 13, 1865 The last significant fighting of the Civil War takes place at the Palmito Ranch along the Rio Grande between Col. Theodore Barrett and John S. "RIP" Ford
May 12, 1865 8 conspirators in the Lincoln assasination plead not guilty to the military court holding the trial
May 12, 1865 Major General O. O. Howard is appointed by President Andrew Johnson to become head of the Freedman's Bureau
May 14, 1865 President Johnson issues a conditional amnesty to all persons engaged in the late Rebellion
May 22, 1865 Jefferson Davis imprisoned at Fort Monroe
May 23, 1865 Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac
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May 24, 1865 Grand Review of Sherman's Army
William Tecumseh Sherman
May 29, 1865 Andrew Johnson grants a Presidential pardon to those who directly or indirectly aided the Southern war effort. He restored property rights to the South with the exception of slaves. Unlike Lincoln's declaration in December, 1863, Johnson creates an exception for property owners whose holdings total $20,000 dollars or more.
May 29, 1865 President Andrew Johnson appoints William Holden as provisional governor of North Carolina, a blueprint for his plans of Presidential Reconstruction. Holden was instructed to call a constitutional convention of men who had signed an oath of allegiance to the United States.
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