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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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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 12, 1865: Sherman will pursue Johnston

Sherman responds to the news of Lee’s surrender with a promise to pursue Johnston to Raleigh. He says he’ll offer the same terms Grant did, which would be a good idea. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In … Continue reading

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April 10, 1865: The excitement of victory

Halleck corresponds with Sherman about the anticipated surrender of Johnston. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, Washington, April 10, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN: MY DEAR GENERAL: Sergeant Rose brought me your letter and report yesterday. I have given … Continue reading

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April 9, 1865: Appomattox

Grant sends Sherman news of the surrender. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, Appomattox Court-House, Va., April 9, 1865. Major-General SHERMAN: General Grant directs me to forward the following correspondence for your information: ***************************************************** APPOMATTOX COURT-HOUSE, April 9, … 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 7, 1865: Sherman’s plan

Sherman’s heading for Raleigh. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 7, 1865. Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff, Washington, D. C.: GENERAL: I have the honor herewith to send … Continue reading

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