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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for March 30, 2021

A print depicting a season in the Battle of Five Forks.
KURZ & ALLISON
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A print showing a charge led by Union general Philip Sheridan in the Battle of Five Forks.

It was on this date in 1865 that the final major battle took place in the U.S. Civil War. It was known as the Battle of Five Forks. A week later, General Lee surrendered to General Grant thus ending the war. And it was on this date in 1867 that the United States bought Alaska from Russia.