Fort Fisher

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Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Actual End of the War Commemorated Yesterday in Liverpool: The Surrender of the CSS Shenandoah-- Part 1

From the Nov. 6, 2015, Shaghai News "Feature: 150 years on final act of American Civil War commemoration in England."

The end of the Civil War did not take place in the United States, but rather 6,000 kilometers from that country.  It took place when the last warship of the Confederacy surrendered November 6, 1865.  The CSS Shenandoah, proudly flying the Confederate flag arrived on the River Mersey in Liverpool, almost seven months after the surrender of Robert E. Lee.

Today, in Liverpool, combatant descendants from both sides gathered to remember the event.  Wreaths and flowers were laid on the river.

Captain James Iredell Waddell and the crew aboard the Glasgow-built raider had continued attacking and destroying United States ships for many months after the conclusion of the war as they were unaware that it had ended.  Finally they obtained newspapers from a passing British merchant ship reporting the war's end.  they immediately ceased hostilities and sailed for Liverpool.

--Old B-Runner

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