Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

Civil War (Union) · US Army · Brigadier General

Announces end of the Civil War

  • Washington DC

On 20 August 1866, President Johnson officially declared the end of the Civil War upon the cessation of "insurrection" in Texas. His Proclamation 157 reads in part:

“Now, therefore, I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do hereby proclaim and declare that the insurrection which heretofore existed in the State of Texas is at an end and is to be henceforth so regarded in that State as in the other States before named in which the said insurrection was proclaimed to be at an end by the aforesaid proclamation of the 2d day of April, 1866.

And I do further proclaim that the said insurrection is at an end and that peace, order, tranquillity, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the whole of the United States of America.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 20th day of August, A.D. 1866, and of the Independence of the United States of America the ninety-first.”