On this day in the Civil War, President Andrew Johnson gives general amnesty to those who participated in the Southern rebellion. Certain classes of Southerners were not eligible for this amnesty, these classes include those holding high rank in the Confederate military or government. Those Southerners must apply individually for pardon from the President of the United States.

johnson 2  President Andrew Johnson

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s