• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

A manual offering information on the most important laws and treaties approved by Congress in more than 200 years since the first session in 1789. Each Congress is covered in a separate chapter introduced by a historical essay setting the actions of the legislators in the context of their times.

Thirty-Ninth Congress: March 4, 1865, to March 3, 1867
Thirty-ninth Congress: March 4, 1865, to March 3, 1867
  • First session—December 4, 1865, to July 28, 1866
  • Second session—December 3, 1866, to March 3, 1867
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1865, to March 11, 1865
  • (Second administration of Abraham Lincoln, 1865; administration of Andrew Johnson, 1865–1869)
Historical Background

Spring of 1865 brought both triumph and tragedy for the Union and the end of the great civil war. General William Tecumseh Sherman's western army drove north from Savannah, Georgia, deep into the heart of the Carolinas in pursuit of Joseph E. Johnston's Confederates. Further north, General Philip H. Sheridan, who had successfully completed a devastating campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, joined General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac, which had been ...

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