Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:10-12)
On April 9, 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, Virginia, effectively ending the long and bloody Civil War. But because of the communication methods of the day, not everyone one both sides of the fighting received word until days or week later. The last soldier killed in the Civil War was Union Private John Jefferson Williams. He was killed a little over a month after Lee’s surrender on May 13, 1865 at the Battle of Palmito Ranch east of Brownsville, Texas. He died during a battle in which the war was over. I suppose it could be said in modern verbiage that Williams and the other soldiers fighting there had not yet received the memo.
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