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November 15, 1864 – After the destruction of Atlanta’s railroad yards, Sherman begins his march to the sea through Georgia

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December 15-16, 1864 – Confederate General John Bell Hood’s Confederate Army of 23,000 is crushed by Union Generaly George Thomas’s 55,000 Union troops at the Battle of Nashville

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December 21, 1864 – Sherman reaches the sea at Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind a 300 mile long path of destruction through the South from Sherman. Sherman telegraphs Lincoln and offers Savannah as a Christmas present.

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January 31, 1865 – Congress approves legislation proposing the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, which is then submitted to the States for their approval

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February 3, 1865 – a peace conference is unsuccessful held between President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens in Hampton Roads, Virginia

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March 4, 1865 – Second inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln after his election to a second term

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March 25, 1865 – The last offensive of the Civil War begins when Grant and the Union Army mount an attack on Lee’s Confederate Army at Petersburg, just south of Richmond, Virginia

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April 2, 1865 – Grant’s forces break through the Confederate lines and Lee is forced to evacuate Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, retreating south and west

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April 4, 1865 – Abraham Lincoln tours the recently evacuated Richmond, Virginia to see the destruction

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April 9, 1865 – General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the McLean house in village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia

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