Here are some one liners...
The Confederates Surrender -- General Grant offers generous terms to General Lee but the fighting will go on in other states until May.
With Malice Toward None... or Maybe Just One -- Lincoln offers reconciliation. Then he is shot dead by John Wilkes Booth. I cover some of the conspiracy theories regarding Booth's possible escape.
George Washington Reaches Godhood -- The ceiling fresco in the Capital Rotunda is completed. I talk about where our souls go after death and as a joke I suggest various household appliances.
In Other News -- Alice in Wonderland, Hatfields and McCoys and missing Confederate Gold.
The Confederates SurrenderThe War between the States is rolling to an end. Louisiana and Arkansas have retired from the field. General Sherman has turned Georgia into a smoking ruin. President Davis has skipped town with the treasury in hope that the South will rise again! (We know how that turns out.) The Siege of Petersburg is really a siege of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. Petersburg serves as the supply nexus for the region. It is defended by a minimal number of Confederates, so clearly Lee was not expecting Union forces to come calling there. After several months of siege and trench warfare, Union forces break through and scatter Lee's forces. Lee moves west toward Appomattox Station to meet a supply train. Grant's forces cut him off in an amazing 21 hour march by infantry to support the Union cavalry. Lee's army is done. Lee chooses to surrender at a small courthouse at Appomattox. General Grant's terms are generous. Every Confederate officer shall take an oath of parole, and keep his sidearm, his personal horse and luggage. (What is implied is that officers will not be tried for treason and they will have a horse to plow their fields and feed their families.) The troops will take a similar oath. Other weapons are to be stacked and stowed. Grant also supplies rations to get them home. As predicted, once General Lee surrenders, the other Confederate armies surrender too. Dear God. It's all over. Isn't it? No. Not all of it.
With Malice Toward None... or Maybe Just OneWe fear God's justice and we pray for God's mercy but not all of our prayers will be answered. It is March 4th... Inauguration Day in Washington D.C. It has been wet and windy, but as President Abraham Lincoln takes the stand, the clouds part, and the sun shines. It is a good omen. The end of this war is more than a month away, but Lincoln is still working for reconciliation. He ends his speech thus: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." Then General Lee surrenders, but the rest of the Confederacy has not yet folded. John Wilkes Booth believes there is yet time to turn this war around. It is now April 14th. Lincoln finds his escape from cares at the theater. Booth is a popular actor, and when he arrives at Ford's Theater, he is greeted with welcome surprise. In his pocket is a .44 caliber Philadelphia Derringer... a cardsharp's gun. The play is a comedy so he waits for the biggest laugh line, steps behind Lincoln and fires. Booth leaps 11 feet down to the stage and breaks his leg, but with his adrenaline high he barely notices. He utters the line, "Sic semper tyrannis!" meaning, "Thus always to tyrants," and he escapes on horseback into the night. It is Good Friday. Lincoln dies the next morning.   
George Washington Reaches GodhoodAs you enter the Capital Rotunda in Washington D.C. look up. You will see a fresco painted on the ceiling. It depicts George Washington, the angels and various gods looking down on us from Heaven. The idea behind the fresco is that President Washington has risen into the heavens to become a god himself. It is the deification of Washington or "Apotheosis of Washington" (ah-poth-ee-OH-sis). It is not meant to be disrespectful in any way.... neither to Washington as a man nor to the religious sensibilities of the public in general. Over the years, the fresco will collect a lot of grime that will mar and diminish its impact, but in the modern day it will be cleaned and restored to its pristine beauty.   
In Other News
- Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice in Wonderland". Some people look for it's deeper meaning, but it's just a lot of fun. 
- Confederate gold and jewels are missing! At a guess, call it 19 million in modern dollars, but in the closing days of the War, a lot of it goes missing... bit-by-bit... no doubt kept safe by the Confederate Knights of the Golden Circle for the day when THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN! Or not. There is a rumor that an empty grave is now filled, but not with a body.