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Secessionism 101: Feds maintain the Civil War didn’t end in Texas until mid-1866

I didn’t realize that the U.S. government held that the Civil War didn’t end in Texas until sometime in 1866. In a document issued in April of that year, President Andrew Johnson omitted Texas from a list of pacified states, but he included it in a proclamation issued that August. I learned this in an ...

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I didn’t realize that the U.S. government held that the Civil War didn’t end in Texas until sometime in 1866. In a document issued in April of that year, President Andrew Johnson omitted Texas from a list of pacified states, but he included it in a proclamation issued that August.

I learned this in an article by Ida Tarbell titled “Disbanding of the Confederate Army” that appeared in McClure’s magazine in 1901. My issue just arrived.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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