From the Nov. 5, 2015, Liverpool (U.K.) Echo "Last Flag Down: the final surrender in the American Civil War happened on the River Mersey.
"The CSS Shenandoah arrived 150 years ago when the flag of the Confederacy was lowered for the last time.
The ship's commander, James Waddell and its crew were all paroled by the British government as all claimed to be American even though 70% of them were British citizens, including several from Liverpool.
James Wells, 71, came from Richmond, Virginia along with thirty other Americans to recreate the lowering of the flag. They are members of a Confederate organization (SCV I imagine). Wells has been visiting Liverpool since 2004.
For te past four years he has been endeavoring to recreate this event.