This Week in the Civil War - #1080
On Sunday, April 30, 1865 near Mobile, Alabama Union General E.R.S. Canby and Confederate General Richard Taylor declared a truce and agreed to discuss the surrender of all Confederate forces in Alabama and Mississippi. Canby essentially offered the same terms of surrender which Grant had proposed to Lee at Appomattox. On Tuesday, May 2, Canby telegraphed Ulysses Grant, confirming that Taylor was willing to surrender on such similar terms. On May 4, after a brief conference at Citronelle, Alabama, some forty miles north of Mobile, Taylor formally signed a surrender document, bringing peace to Alabama, Mississippi, and also East Louisiana. By the terms of surrender, Taylor specifically was allowed to retain control of all railways and steamers so as to efficiently return his troops to their homes.