This chapter presents some final thoughts. Mississippi was among the last of the Confederate states to be surrendered; on May 4, 1865 General Richard Taylor surrendered his troops. Robert E. Lee had surrendered on April 9 and Joseph E. Johnston on April 26. However, for many who fought for and/or supported the Confederacy, the war did not end in 1865. The emotional, physical, and psychological trauma of defeat, the impact of the war dead on families, the lingering effects of severe wounds, and the losses of homes and property left scars that filtered down through many generations.
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