Voters in the north also could not stomach an expensive and demoralizing occupation under those pressures by 1871 the civil war came to its legal end the wartime after appomattox disrupted planter power and established important rights but the dawn of legal peacetime heralded the return of rebel power not a sustainable peace. After appomattox military occupation and the ends of war gregory p downs on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers on april 8 1865 after four years of civil war general robert e lee wrote to general ulysses s grant asking for peace peace was beyond his authority to negotiate. Downs gregory p after appomattox military occupation and the ends of war harvard university press 3295 isbn 9780674743984 between surrender and peace when did the civil war end the answer mythologized in american memory and one that might escape the red pen of hasty blue book graders is. After appomattox military occupation and the ends of war by gregory p downs harvard university press harvard university press see all the pieces in this months slate book review . After appomattox military occupation and the ends of war by gregory downs published by harvard university press 2015 hardcover 3295 kindle 1812 before the 1960s it was a commonplace to say that lincoln freed the slaves after the civil rights revolution some historians insisted that the slaves freed themselves
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