The End of the Civil War


Texas History Civil War and Reconstruction The End of the Civil War
Students learn about General Lee's surrender to General Grant at Appomattox. They will identify similarities and differences between the two generals. Finally, they will work together to identify important details about several Confederate officers that surrendered after Lee.

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In this experience, students learn about General Lee’s surrender to General Grant at Appomattox. They identify similarities and differences between the two generals. Finally, they work together to identify important details about several Confederate officers that surrendered after Lee.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 4.

Objectives:

  • Summarize important events from General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
  • Describe how the Civil War ended.


The Civil War was unusual in many ways—states within the same country fighting each other; family members fighting one another; and more casualties than any other U.S. war. Another thing that makes this war unique is that there were many locations where the South surrendered to the North before the war finally ended in June of 1865.

Objectives:

  • Summarize important events from General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
  • Describe how the Civil War ended.




Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomattox


The print above shows Robert E. Lee (left center) and Ulysses Grant (right center) signing the surrender agreement, marking the end of the Civil War.


Look at the picture closely. What observations can you make? List one observation. If someone has already made your observation, try to think of a different one.



Discuss with students the answers they provided.

Possible answers:

  • Grant looks very relaxed.
  • Lee looks sad/tired.
  • Men standing around all look to be from the same side or wearing the same uniform.


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