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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 26, 1865: Johnston surrenders again.

Sherman and Johnston met again, this time with Grant present, and Johnston surrendered on the same terms Grant gave Lee. Official Records: RALEIGH, N. C., April 26, 1865-7. 30 p. m. (Received 10 a. m. 28th.) Honorable E. M. STANTON: … Continue reading

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April 25, 1865: Sherman responds

Sherman tells Stanton that he recognizes he didn’t have the authority to make an agreement on civil matters, and he also writes to Grant — in both cases he’s trying to justify his position, and is perhaps understandably defensive. He … Continue reading

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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 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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