April 22, 1865: Halleck sends Grant to end Sherman’s truce

Henry Halleck

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 the truce with Johnston. Halleck orders other generals to resume hostilities.

Official Records:

RICHMOND, V A., April 22, 1865.
(Received 12,10 p. m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON:

It is stated here by respectable parties that the amount of specie taken south by Jeff. Davis and his partisans is very large, including not only the plunder of the Richmond banks, but previous accumulations. The hope, it is said, to make terms with General Sherman or some other Southern commander by which they will be permitted with their effects, including this gold plunder, to go to Mexico or Europe. Johnston’s negotiations look to this end. Would it not be well to put Sherman and all other commanding generals on their guard in this respect.



WASHINGTON, April 22, 1865-2,30 p. m.
Major-General HALLECK:

Your telegram of this morning indicates that Sherman’s agreement with Johnston was not known to you. His action is disapproved, and he is ordered to resume hostilities immediately, as his order to Stoneman will allow Jeff. Davis to escape with his plunder. I will write you the details.

Secretary of War.


FORT MONROE, April 22, 1865-3,30 p. m.
(Received 5, 30 p. m.)
Major-General HALLECK, Richmond, Va.:

The truce entered into by Sherman will be ended as soon as I can reach Raleigh. Move Sheridan with his cavalry toward Greensborough, N. C., as soon possible. I think it will be well to send one corps of infantry also, the whole under Sheridan. The infantry need not go farther than Danville unless they receive orders hereafter to do so.



RICHMOND, April 22, 1865-7 p. m.
General GRANT:

Orders have been sent to Major-General Meade and Major-General Sheridan in compliance with your telegram of this date.


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