Category Archives: Robert E. Lee

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 11, 1865: Davis making plans

Jefferson Davis writes to the governor of North Carolina and to Joe Johnston, in charge of his remaining significant forces. He hasn’t heard from Robert E. Lee, but pretty clearly knows what happened. Now he wants to plan the next … 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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March 27, 1865: France will bail us out

The Richmond Daily Dispatch advises southerners to hold on, because France will enter the war on their side any time. And besides, the fate of a conquered South is too heinous to contemplate. There is every inducement for the Confederate … Continue reading

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March 10, 1865: Monroe’s Crossroads, or Kilpatrick’s Shirttail Skedaddle

The contemporary accounts don’t give you much of the juicy detail on this minor battle — the rebel troops, as Mitchell notes below, took Kilpatrick’s camp by surprise, and in the process, Kilpatrick had to make a run for it … Continue reading

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March 3, 1865: Lee in trouble.

New York Times It is not unsafe, though in the absence of all specific information, to conjecture that SHERMAN may now be directing his march straight upon Raleigh by way of Cheraw and Fayetteville. We learn from the Southern papers, … Continue reading

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February 20, 1865: Richmond Dispatch calls for black troops

Yeah, it’s the same old photo of a “black Confederate”. There just aren’t many out there. Guess why? The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch has changed his mind about black soldiers, thanks to General Lee. If Lee wants black … Continue reading

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January 6, 1865: Need to put Lee in charge

The New York Times reprints an editorial from the Richmond Examiner advocating that Gen. Lee be given overall control of the Confederate armies, much as Grant has of the Union forces. The editorial points out what should be obvious, that … Continue reading

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