April 26, 1865: Confederate forces begin surrendering

General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee to General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina. Shortly thereafter, Lieutenant General Richard Taylor surrendered all forces in the Confederate Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana.

Image:  This crutch belonged to Joseph Weatherly of Attala County who was wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. Many returning veterans were amputees.

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