"Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, surrenders on this day in 1865, one of the last Confederate generals to capitulate. Smith, who had become commander of the area in January 1863, was charged with keeping the Mississippi River open to the Southerners.
Yet he was more interested in recapturing Arkansas and Missouri, largely because of the influence of Arkansans in the Confederate Congress who helped to secure his appointment." ... Read more: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/general-edmund-kirby-smith-surrenders?et_cid=62148093&et_rid=704749232&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.history.com%2fthis-day-in-history%2fgeneral-edmund-kirby-smith-surrenders
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