April 15, 1865: Sherman to Louisburg, NC – “I can promise you that events are in progress that will soon give peace”

Sometime, probably mid-day, on April 15, 1865, this message arrived at Major-General William T. Sherman’s headquarters in Raleigh: Louisburg, N. C., April 15, 1865. To the Officer in Command of the U.S. Forces at Raleigh, N. C.: Sir: In accordance with a resolution passed by the Board of Commissioners of the town of Louisburg, N.Continue reading “April 15, 1865: Sherman to Louisburg, NC – “I can promise you that events are in progress that will soon give peace””

Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman descends upon the North Piedmont Railraod, April 11-13, 1865

Consider again my map of General Joseph E. Johnston’s area of control, generally speaking, as of April 10, 1865: Two railroads were the arteries which served Johnston in the closing weeks of the war – the North Carolina Railroad, providing a link from Greensboro to Raleigh, and the North Piedmont Railroad, from Salisbury to DanvilleContinue reading “Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman descends upon the North Piedmont Railraod, April 11-13, 1865”