Category Archives: North Carolina

April 27, 1865: Times blames Breckinridge

The New York Times credits the “arch-traitor” John C. Breckinridge with duping Sherman into signing the first surrender agreement with Johnston. Probably not a view that Sherman’s going to like much. SHERMAN AND BRECKINRIDGE. Published: April 27, 1865 — The … Continue reading

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April 22, 1865: Halleck sends Grant to end Sherman’s truce

Halleck fears that Davis will attempt to escape with considerable amounts of gold, and Stanton informs him of Sherman and Johnston’s truce. Grant reports to Halleck that he’s on his way to North Carolina to meet with Sherman and revoke … Continue reading

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April 14, 1865: Johnston wants to parley

Johnston writes to Sherman requesting a “temporary suspension of active operations”, and Sherman responds that he can offer him the same terms Grant gave Lee. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS, In the Field, April 14, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commanding … Continue reading

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April 13, 1865: Sherman in Raleigh

Sherman takes Raleigh, and Johnston continues to retreat in front of him. Official Records: RALEIGH, N. C., April 13, 1865. (Received 7 p. m. 15th.) Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT, City Point, Va.: We entered Raleigh this morning. Johnston has … Continue reading

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April 8, 1865: Sherman and Grant plan the end

Sherman, having finally heard from Grant after the fall of Richmond, repeats his plans in detail. He will pursue Johnston, with Grant pursuing Lee, hoping to push them together and corner them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, … Continue reading

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April 6, 1865: Grant and Sherman starting to get in touch

Joe Johnston ********************************************************** Grant and Sherman still don’t really have communications established. Sherman finally got the news about the fall of Richmond. Grant’s telling him to “push Johnston”, and fortunately that’s what Sherman plans to do anyway until he hears … Continue reading

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March 21, 1865: Full report on Bentonville

Sherman reports to Grant on the events from the 14th through the 21st. He reports that Johnston tried and failed to break Slocum’s wing, while Schofield took Goldsborough. He plans to rest the troops a bit, and then move toward … Continue reading

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March 19, 1865: Bentonville

Rebel Charge at Bentonville ********************************************************* Sherman’s men have run into Johnston’s troops outside of Bentonville, North Carolina. FALLING CREEK CHURCH, March 19, 1865-1. 15 p. m. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding-in-Chief, &c.: GENERAL: One of General Logan’s scouts has just returned from … Continue reading

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March 16, 1865: Averasborough

Gen. William J. Hardee ****************************************************** Slocum runs into Hardee and has a sharp skirmish; losses on both sides, but Hardee loses cannon and retreats into Averasborough. HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, near Little Cohera Creek, N. … Continue reading

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March 14, 1865: Sherman heads for Goldsborough

Sherman reports to Grant that he’s trying to join up with Schofield, and both will make for Goldsboro, while feinting toward Raleigh to keep the rebel cavalry from concentrating against them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In … Continue reading

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