April 26, 1865: “All acts of war… to cease from this date.”

Terms of a military convention entered into this 26th day of April, 1865, at Bennett’s house, near Durham’s Station, N. C, between General Joseph E. Johnston, commanding the Confederate Army, and Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, commanding the United States Army in North Carolina. 1. All acts of war on the part of the troopsContinue reading “April 26, 1865: “All acts of war… to cease from this date.””

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””

Sherman’s March, April 13, 1865: Federals enter Raleigh; Johnston urges negotiations

We entered Raleigh this morning.  Johnston has retreated westward. I shall move to [Ashborough] and Aslisbury or Charlotte. I hope Sheridan is coming this way with his cavalry. If I can bring Johnston to a stand I will soon fix him. The people here had not heard of the surrender of Lee, and hardly creditContinue reading “Sherman’s March, April 13, 1865: Federals enter Raleigh; Johnston urges negotiations”