June 2, 1865: Edmund Kirby Smith signs terms of surrender

June 2, 1865: Edmund Kirby Smith signs terms of surrender

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As full general Edmund Kirby Smith negotiated the surrender of his department — the only significant Confederate field army left-on May 26, 1865. He signed the terms of surrender in Galveston, Texas, on June 2 and afterward fled to Mexico and then to Cuba to escape potential prosecution for treason. He returned to take an oath of amnesty at Lynchburg, Virginia, on Nov. 14, 1865.