Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 30, 1865: Various news

Jefferson Davis is on the run; the Freedmen’s bureau bill should be considered; Libby prison sign a collector’s item; Black Confederates all deserted; Chinese laborers working on the transcontinental railroad. Special Dispatches to the New-York Times. WASHINGTON, Sunday, April 30. … 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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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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