This Week in the Civil War - #1069
On the same day on which Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox, the besieged Confederates at Mobile, Alabama realized that they did not have adequate numbers to continue to resist their Union attackers and would have to evacuate that major, southern port city. The Confederates removed whatever supplies they could, burned on hand cotton stocks, and abandoned Mobile on Tuesday, April 11, 1865. On the following day the final, major city of the Confederacy fell, as Union troops under E.R.S. Canby triumphantly entered Mobile. The withdrawing Confederates, approximately 5000 in number under the command of D. H. Maury, retreated unopposed to Meridian, Mississippi, in hopes of joining Joseph Johnston’s Confederates in North Carolina so as to continue the war effort.