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Civil War is formally declared to be over
Civil War is formally declared to be over by President Andrew Johnson
Although bloodshed ended over a year before, there had never been a formal declaration of peace and reunification in the country before today.
On August 20, 1866, President Johnson issued a proclamation announcing the end of the American Civil War: “And I do further proclaim that the said insurrection is at an end and that peace, order, tranquility, and civil authority now exists in and throughout the whole of the United States of America.”