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April 24, 1865: The Times criticizes Sherman

The New York Times editor castigates Sherman. The fifth clause of Sherman’s agreement with Johnston, mentioned here, reads “The people and inhabitants of all the States to be guaranteed, so far as the Executive can, their political rights and franchises, … Continue reading

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April 23, 1865: Grant coming to Sherman unannounced

Grant’s coming to order Sherman to end his truce with Johnston, and he’s not telling him in advance. BEAUFORT, N. C., April 23, 1865-6 p. m. Hon E. M STANTON, Secretary of War, Washington: Have just reached here and will … 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 21, 1865: Sherman’s agreement with Johnston rejected

The New York Times reports that Sherman’s agreement with Johnston was rejected by the President and cabinet in Washington. They sent him Lincoln’s instructions to Grant from March to use as a guide for the surrender renegotiations. A dispatch from … Continue reading

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April 20, 1865: Sherman’s mistake — beaten by Breckinridge

The New York Times runs a story from the Cincinnati Commercial about the terms of Johnston’s surrender. The Commercial’s correspondent blames it on Confederate Secretary of War John Cabell Breckinridge: “Gen. SHERMAN, we fear, has made a very grave mistake, … Continue reading

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April 19, 1865: Wade Hampton won’t give up

Wade Hampton writes to Jefferson Davis to tell him that he plans to fight on across the Mississippi, and if necessary to go to Mexico to avoid ever surrendering. ” I shall never take the ‘oath of allegiance.’” In fact, … Continue reading

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April 18, 1865: Sherman’s terms for Johnston

Sherman, having told everyone he planned to give Johnston the same terms that Grant gave Lee, sends this bombshell to Washington. Not only has he accepted the surrender of Johnston’s army, he has recognized the state governments of the southern … Continue reading

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April 17, 1865: Proposed surrender terms

John Reagan, Postmaster-General of the Confederacy, proposes terms for Johnston’s surrender. I guess at this point it wasn’t easy finding major cabinet members. APRIL 17, 1865. As the avowed motive of the Government of the United States for the prosecution … Continue reading

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April 16, 1865: Working out a meeting

John Cabell Breckinridge ****************************************** Johnston is trying to arrange a meeting with Confederate secretary of war Breckinridge, while Sherman is waiting to hear back from Johnston. Official Records: GREENSBOROUGH, April 16, 1865. General J. C. BRECKINRDIGE: Your immediate presence is … Continue reading

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April 15, 1865: Informing Sherman of Lincoln’s death

Stanton writes to Sherman to inform him of Lincoln’s assassination, and to warn him that another conspirator is said to be after Sherman. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City. April 15, 1865 – 12. 10 p. m. (Sent 1. 40 … Continue reading

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