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On May 4, 1865 Confederate Lieutenant Richard Taylor surrendered his force of Confederate soldiers to Union Major General E.R.S. Canby. The marker states that this surrender brought the official end to the war but this is not true. Rather, it was among a series of Confederate surrenders that began after General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant a month earlier at Appamattox, Virginia. Confederate President Jefferson Davis was also captured during this time as well. The very last surrender occurred on November 6, when the Confederate ship the CSS Shenandoah surrendered to a British vessel in Liverpool, England, where it had been stationed during the war.


  • The historical marker is easily accessible and located in a park.
Baldwin, John. Last Flag Down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship. Crown Publishers: 2007. https://books.google.com/books?id=7kS5seueGGgC&pg=PA49&dq=CSS+Shenandoah+-com&ei=zOZbS5C-FJqWygT5zNn...

"Surrender Site." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed January 4, 2017. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=42977.