This Day in History — May 26

On May 26, 1865, General Edmund Kirby Smith, who served as general in the Confederate States army during the Civil War, surrendered. General Smith was a key participant in the Kentucky Campaign, which was a series of maneuvers and battles in East Tenessee and Kentucky. From June to October 1862, Confederate forces under the commands of Smith and General Braxton Bragg launched a series of movements to outflank the Union Army of the Ohio and draw Kentucky into the Confederate States of America. Though Confederates gained some early successes, their progress was stopped decisively at the Battle of Perryville, known by some as the “Battle for Kentucky”, which left the Commonwealth in Union hands for the remainder of the war.

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