April 6, 1865: Grant and Sherman starting to get in touch

Gen. Joseph Johnston
Joe Johnston
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Grant and Sherman still don’t really have communications established. Sherman finally got the news about the fall of Richmond. Grant’s telling him to “push Johnston”, and fortunately that’s what Sherman plans to do anyway until he hears from Grant.

Official Records:


BURKEVILLE, April 6, 1865.
Major-General SHERMAN, Goldsborough, N. C.:

We have Lee’s army pressed hard, his men scattering and going to their homes by the thousands. He is endeavoring to reach Danville, where Davis and his cabinet have gone. I shall press the pursuit to the end. Push Johnston at the same time and let us finish up this job all at once.

U. S. GRANT,
Lieutenant-General.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 6, 1865.
Lieutenant-General GRANT, Richmond, Va.:

I have just heard of the occupation of Richmond and Petersburg. I expect orders from you, but in the absence of any I will hold on to Goldsborough and the two railroads and move on Raleigh. I think Johnston still remains about Smithfield. I will strike him anyhow, moving out on the 10th. In the meantime will expect orders via New Berne from you, as I don’t know the line of Lee’s retreat.

W. T. SHERMAN,
Major-General.

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