The Midwest in the Civil War
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On April 9, 1865, the Union and the Confederacy squared off in the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse. That afternoon, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered and, on April 12, 1865, a formal ceremony of surrender was held at the historic courthouse. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant’s army sealed victory for the Union and marked the beginning of the long journey towards reconciling the country. 150 years later, the Civil War continues to play a pivotal role in America’s history. Join the Geneva Library Foundation and its guest, Robert Girardi, on a journey back in time to examine the Civil War. The presentation will emphasize the Midwest’s involvement, including the state of Illinois, home to President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant.