April 9, 1865 marks the end of the Civil War
Even the end of this war is complicated. On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. However, Robert E. Lee did not surrender all the armies of the South, only the Army of Northern Virginia. Each one would eventually surrender. But it would be more than 16 months before President Andrew Johnson would declare a formal end to the conflict in August 1866.