On November 25, 1783, the last of the British soldiers evacuated the United States. The Revolution ended with the Treaty of Paris in September allowing the British time to organize their withdrawal which was set for noon in New York City, with Washington waiting just outside of the city. The signal for his entry was the lowering of the British Flag at modern day Battery Park. However the British played a bit of a prank on the Americans by greasing the flag pole with pig fat. Eventually, American soldier John Van Arsdale was able to climb the pole by nailing pieces of wood to the pole and climbing up on them. He tore the British flag down and replaced it with the American Flag. Shortly after, a triumphant General George Washington entered the city and marched down Broadway to the Battery. This was celebrated as an American holiday, complete with greased pole climbing until the Civil War when Lincoln called for Thanksgiving to be held on the last Thursday of November. The approximation of the two days diminished Evacuation Day’s celebrations.