i am sending you this letter surrendering me and my 28,000 troops
March 1865, Lincoln's Inauguration, set the theme of unity and a quick end to the war.
Lee surrendered at Appomattax; April 9, 1865. When Lee surrendered he lost many of his right as a citizen. Lee's property in Arlington was taken by the government and turned into what is called the Arlington National Cemetery today.
The reconstruction added the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were added. These amendments gave equility to men and abolished slavery.