Grant's campaign at Petersburg to cut the vital supply lines supporting Richond and to starve out Lee's veterans coupled with Sherman's capture of Atlanta and the March to the Sea culminated with the final campaigns of the war and the surrender of the Confederate armies in the spring of 1865. But the war's end does not end the story. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln only complicates the difficult issue of reconstructing both the political and social systems of the defeated south. This session looks at the final days of the war and the many years of struggle ahead as the country went through the process of "Reconstruction.". The consequences of our nation's bloodiest war continue to haunt us today. Based on feedback from the 2015 Academy this session has been extended.