April 9th, 1865

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150 years ago, on April 9th, Ohio born and raised Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender of Robert Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. This surrender marked the start of the end of the Civil War.

Ohio, having sent more men per capita than any other state, played a big role in the war. William Sherman, George Armstrong Custer, Alexander M McCook, and many other famous officers hailed from the Buckeye State. Most of the men who went on to the White House from Ohio served in the war.

By the time the fighting was over Ohio had sent over 320,000 men and lost 35,475 of them.

 

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