> except for SC, no "official" (government or military) signed the treaty,
> IIRC ......
President Lincoln's position on the matter was a simple one; there
could be no treaty to end the insurrection because the Confederacy was
an illegal movement to secede from the Constitution of the United
States. As such, the South simply had to lay down their arms to end
the war. No treaty required.
General Grant's terms were very liberal and General Lee was wise to
accept them. Those terms included a promise never to undertake
insurrection again. Now unless the Confederacy had another General
Lee hidden somewhere, and another Army of Northern Virginia waiting in
reserve, that effectively ended the war.
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