It takes a long time for the Civil War to be officially over in every state and territory. In this episode we take a look at how the end of the war actually came about.
To the Letter is a podcast brought to you in collaboration with University Libraries and the eLearning and Emerging Technologies Department’s Digital Studio at GVSU. On this podcast, we bring correspondence from GVSU’s Special Collections alive. In each episode you will hear (in their own words!) letters written by the people who lived through history and the stories behind them. John Bennitt is voiced by Matt Ruen, Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator at University Libraries.
Letters featured in Episode 12 are available in full below:
Letter from John Bennitt to his wife Lottie, March 15, 1865
Letter from John Bennitt to his wife Lottie, April 9, 1865
Letter from John Bennitt to his wife Lottie, April 17, 1865
Letter from John Bennitt to his wife Lottie, April 6, 1865
Additional research for this episode:
- Ending the Bloodshed: The Last Surrenders of the Civil War
- The Gentleman’s Agreement that Ended the Civil War
- Why the Civil War Actually Ended 16 Months After Lee Surrendered
Questions? Comments? Let us know!