The American Civil War: Aftermath

Figure 1.--Here is a depiction of a Rebel unit furling their banner at the end of the Civil War . The artist Richard N. Brooke captures the emotions of those who fought for the Confederacy. Note the drummer boy.

America in 1865 was two different nations. The South surrendered, but in their hearts the Confederacy was their country. The South and the men who fouught for the Confederacy paid an enormous price. This only changed in time. Leaders like Robert E. Lee played an important in the transition back to a united nations. Hatred of the North in thE south smoldered for generations. In the North ill fillings toward the South passed realtively quickly. But even in the South many ardent secesionists made there peace with the North. By 1900 American can be said to be a single nationa again. Some even moved north and prospered. Roger Pryor was a Confederate Congressman and general. After being relased from a prisonor of war camp he became a successful lawyer in New York, befriened by Sherman and Grant as well as Mark Twain and Grover Cleveland. He died in 1919 an ardent Union man. [Waugh]


Waugh, John. Surviving the Confederacy (Harcourt Brave, 2002).


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