Monday, May 26, 2008


This Day in the History of Last Guys to Quit

On this day in 1865, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division (the Confederate army in Texas) agreed to surrender to Union forces although he and his men would not lay down their arms until June 2 in Galveston. Smith fled to Mexico and then Cuba to avoid capture but traveled finally back to Virginia to sign the oath of loyalty to the saved Union. Smith was a Floridian by birth and at his death in 1893, he was the last of the Confederate Generals.

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