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May19, 1865: Sherman reaches Washington

Sherman writes to Gen. Rawlins, Grant’s adjutant, to let him know that he’s in the vicinity of Washington and ready for the grand review when ordered. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Camp near Alexandria, May 19, 1865. … Continue reading

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May 16, 1865: Sherman to the Grand Review

The New York Times reports that Sherman is on his way to the grand review in Washington. ALEXANDRIA, Va., Tuesday, May 16. SHERIDAN’s cavalry, under command, temporarily, of Maj.-Gen. CROOK, arrived here to-day. The command left Petersburgh on Wednesday, the … Continue reading

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May 10, 1865: Halleck to Stanton and Sherman

Halleck seems a bit two-faced, as he tells Stanton not to let Schofield command North Carolina, since he was involved in Sherman’s treaty with Johnston — then he writes to Sherman on the same day to tell him what a … Continue reading

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May 8, 1865: Sherman snubs Halleck

Despite their long friendship, Sherman refuses Halleck’s invitation to stay at his headquarters. Halleck’s order to disregard Sherman’s commands in the wake of his surrender agreement with Johnston still stings. I’ve reproduced that April 26 dispatch below. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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May 7, 1865: Chase advocates black suffrage

Chief Justice Salmon Chase wrote to Lincoln before his assassination advocating enfranchising freed slaves. Afterward, he had the letters printed up for distribution, and he sent copies to Sherman (see response yesterday), and to Schofield. Official Records: U. S. STEAMER … Continue reading

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May 6, 1865: Sherman advises against enfranchising black men.

Sherman writes to Salmon P. Chase to try to persuade him not to go forward with plans to enfranchise freed slaves. He feels that it will reignite the war. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI. Steamer Russia, Beaufort … Continue reading

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May 5, 1865: Arrest Extra Billy

Halleck orders the arrest of the Governor of Virginia, William “Extra Billy” Smith. Official Records: RICHMOND, VA., May 5, 1865-4 p. m. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, or Major-General SCHOFIELD: Endeavor to arrest Governor “Extra” Billy Smith. He is believed … Continue reading

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May 4, 1865: Sherman still pissed

Sherman is really still steamed about the whole Johnston surrender thing. In any case, he’s coming north and will talk to Grant about it. MOREHEAD CITY, N. C., May 4, 1865-9 p. m. (Received 10. 30 a. m. 5th.) Lieutenant … Continue reading

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April 29, 1865: Sherman says it would be foolish to chase Davis

Sherman is still seething about his treatment by Stanton and the press, and he writes again, this time to Grant’s adjutant Rawlins. He gives leave for publication of his previous letter, and points out that it’s ludicrous to say that … Continue reading

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April 28, 1865: Sherman’s response to Grant

Sherman, having seen his misstep with Johnston’s surrender broadcast in the New York Times, is not at all happy. He makes his displeasure clear to Grant and protests that he has never been insubordinate. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF … Continue reading

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