20 Aug 1866: The Formal End of the Civil War

This day, one hundred fifty years ago by means of Proclamation 157,  “Declaring that Peace, Order, Tranquillity, and Civil Authority Now Exists in and Throughout the Whole of the United States of America.”

Most of the inhabitants of the rebellious states would have strongly disagreed with the accuracy of the title, and would continue do so for many years, through the wonderful period of “tranquillity [sic]” and “civil authority” that ensued.

In any case it’s a very illuminating document.

The lingering question– what is the morality of forcibly compelling territories and populations that choose to remove themselves from a polity to remain within that polity?


About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to 20 Aug 1866: The Formal End of the Civil War

  1. rustybill says:

    You just think it ended. We’re biding our time, lulling you Yankees into a false sense of security…


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