150 years ago yesterday, the United States concluded the treaty transferring Alaska from Russia to the United States. On April 9 (the second anniversary of Appomattox), the Senate ratified the deal.
On April 18, 1867, Major General Lovell Rousseau led a contingent of soldiers to Sitka to take possession of the new territory. The Kentucky-born General Rousseau was an Army of the Ohio/Army of the Cumberland veteran, commanding a division at Perryville, Stones River, and Tullahoma.
Often derided as “Seward’s Folly,” Alaska has since proven to be an increasingly important territory of the United States. Alaska became the 49th state admitted to the Union in early 1959.
An excellent write-up of how Seward and the Russians got to talking is here at the Mystic Stamp Company.