Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April 1865 - The Month That Saved America

April 1865 was a tumultuous month that saw the end of the American Civil War. The month witnessed the fall of Richmond, Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, President Lincoln’s assassination, and pursuit of John Wilkes Booth. This four-session class will examine Lee’s desperate escape from Petersburg, the near-successful plot to decapitate the Union government, and the eventual surrender of Rebel forces. The class is based on Jay Wink’s book April 1865 - The Month That Saved America.

The class will be held at Collin College in Plano, Texas as part of their continuing education program. The first class will be on April 1 at from 1:00 to 2:20 pm.  For those of you outside Collin County, Texas, I have put pdfs of the classes on my web site Civil War Jouneys at April 1865.

Richmond in Ruins
Class 1 – Richmond Falls – April 1-7, 1865 - It is the last days of the Confederacy as Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia tries desperately to link up with Johnston’s Army. Lee abandons Petersburg and Richmond falls. Grant’s Union forces are in hot pursuit as he tries to cut off the retreat.

Union Troops at Appomattox Court House
Class 2 – Lee Surrenders and Lincoln Assassinated – April 8-14, 1865 - Confederate generals debate guerrilla warfare. Lee surrenders at Appomattox. Washington celebrates Union victory. The Lincolns go to the theater.

John W. Booth
Class 3 – Hunt for Booth Begins, Davis Escapes, Johnston Surrenders – April 15-21, 1865 - Lincoln dies and body is taken to Springfield. Hunt for conspirators begins.

Sultana Disaster
Class 4 – Booth Killed, Johnston Surrenders and Sultana Disaster, Lincoln’s Funeral Train, and Aftermath – April 21-30, 1865 - Booth is captured and killed, Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington, Johnston surrenders at Bennett Place, Sultana disaster claims 1,800, Conspirators hang but John Surratt escapes, Aftermath.

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