This Day in US History…1865: News of Lee’s Surrender Reaches Washington, D.C.

We continue this month’s series of diary entries from Isabella Wunderly Campbell, who became Wyoming’s first lady in 1872. Isabella was a 19 year old  living in Washington, D.C., during the eventful April of 1865. Her daily diary entries give insight into her experiences during the final days of the Civil War, which ended 150 years ago this month.

For previous entries, see April 2-9.

April 10, 1865 (WSA Isabella C. Wunderly diary, Campbell Collection, C-1049)

April 10, 1865
(WSA Isabella C. Wunderly diary, Campbell Collection, C-1049)

Monday, April 10, 1865

It is damp and rainy and I am obliged to postpone both shopping and calling for the day. I was awakened early this morning by the sound of heavy artillery. I immediately discovered it was intended for a salute and ran to Uncle’s chamber to see whether Lee had surrendered. The joyful news was true. Oh how my heart beats, can I yet believe the evidence before me. I trust that peace will now ere long flow over this desolated land and that the dear ones who have fallen and those who are left may be avenged.

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