It was the Easter of epochal events. The whole Holy Week story came like a barrage. It was April 1865, civil war. No one touched by this war ever got over it; it was the historic event of her life, the greatest national trauma in US history. It would claim 750,000 lives.
Everyone knew the South would fight to the end, but suddenly people were wondering if it was the end. General Robert E. Lee’s army was trapped and besieged in the middle of Virginia. General Ulysses S. Grant charged down, his army growing in strength.
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