What Happened in 1865
Lee Accepts Position as President of Washington College
After the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee turned down several financially tantalizing offers of employment that would merely have traded... Read more
Walt Whitman Publishes "O Captain! My Captain!"
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still; My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will; The ship is... Read more
Henry Wirz Is Hanged
Henry Wirz, former commander of the infamous Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia, was hanged on November 10, 1865 in Washington, D.C.... Read more
Mark Twain Publishes "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
Twain then moved to San Francisco, California in 1864, where he continued working as a journalist. He met other writers, such as Bret Harte,... Read more
'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' is Published
Like most nineteenth-century children's books, the pictures for Alice were created by transferring the artist's drawings to woodblocks, But with... Read more
The Thirteenth Amendment is ratified
The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution officially abolished and continues to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude, except... Read more
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