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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 26, 1865

Johnston Officially Surrendered to Sherman

Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston officially surrendered his army to Union General William T. Sherman after their initial armistice, signed on April 18, had been rejected by President Andrew Johnson. This was the last major Confederate army in the field (although it had been lessened by desertions in the past week) and marked the effective end of any prospect for fighting in the Civil War. April 26 subsequently became Confederate Memorial Day.