Thursday, April 6, 1865

Goldsboro, North Carolina

News reached me from New Bern;

The boat is just in from Roanoke Island and brings information that both Richmond and Petersburg have fallen, and that Grant has taken 25,000 prisoners and 500 guns.
W. W. WRIGHT, Colonel and Chief Engineer and General Supt. of Military Railroads.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 6, 1865.
Colonel W. W. WRIGHT, New Berne:
Keep your construction force at work here in North Carolina till I have official news of General Grant. If Richmond is taken, of which I have no doubt, we will not need the Norfolk road, but will at once work up to Raleigh and beyond. Hold your force ready for the extension to Raleigh from Goldsborough. Let repairs go on on both the New Berne and Wilmington branches.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

I received a message from Grant:

NEW BERNE, N. C., April 6, 1865.
Major-General SHERMAN,
Richmond was occupied by General Weitzel at 9 o’clock on Monday morning. Grant took Petersburg the night previous. I have just arrived here from Washington, being ordered by General Grant to report to you.
C. SCHURZ, Major-General

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 6, 1865.
Army commanders will order a salute of 100 guns to be fired from each permanent fort on the sea board in the Department of North Carolina, and Department of the South, in honor of the event.
By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
L. M. DAYTON, Assistant Adjutant-General

NEW BERNE, April 6, 1865.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi:
Norfolk paper of the 4th reports Richmond and Petersburg in our possession. New York papers of the 3rd give official accounts of severe fighting going on all along the line. Everything going well; 25,000 prisoners captured. General A. P. Hill killed.
O. O. HOWARD, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, April 6, 1865.
General KILPATRICK, Mount Olive:
I have reports from New Berne, brought by General Carl Schurz, that General Grant took Petersburg last Monday; that General Weitzel then took Richmond, with 500 guns and 25,000 prisoners; that Generals Grant and Sheridan are pusuing Lee toward Danville. This will alter our plans. We must move on Raleigh. Be all ready. I think Johnston is still near Smithfield. We must hit him hard.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Goldsborough, N. C., April 6, 1865.
Major General Q. A. GILLMORE, Commanding Department of the South, Charleston:
I wrote you very fully from Fayetteville, since which time I have joined my own immediate army with those of Terry and Schofield, and now have at this point a splendid base with roads finished back to New Berne and Wilmington. I have also been up to see General Grant, and am ready now to march again. It is all important that the work I did in South Carolina be kept unrepaired, and more especially that the locomotives and cars penned up about Sumterville and Florence be either destroyed or brought in. I believe that Johnston has brought up to Raleigh every man that can be brought out of South Carolina and Georgia, therefore now is the time to do the work.

The enemy should not in any event be allowed to repair the roads about Columbia, but railroads are of less importance than locomotives and cars. It is not sufficient to burn cars, the driving wheels and trucks should all be broken and axles bent, boilers punctured, rods, cylinder heads broken and cast into deep water, and connecting rods bent and hid away. I don’t know what force you have left, but I judge 2,500 prisoners, 500 guns. General A. P. Hill killed. Lee in full retreat on Danville, with Generals Grant and Sheridan in full pursuit. Joe Johnston is between me and Raleigh, and I will be after him as soon as I get my wagons loaded. Time is now the thing, and don’t exaggerate the difficulty, but go right at it, and the difficulties will disappear.

Truly, your friend,
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi, In the Field, Goldsboro N.C., April 6, 1865

Dearest Ellen,
I sent you last night a long letter and Some Documents in which you will be interested. I also sent by a Sergeant Rose who promised to go to you at South Bend or Chicago the Rebel flag which was over the State House at Columbia S.C. to be sold for the benefit of the Fair. I now send you a seal taken by some soldier off some public Document which I have no doubt was one of the Old Indian Treaties made by the Proprietors of the Colony of Georgia in the Old Colonial Times. Gen. Blair sends you this. I have mentioned incidentally to Some of our General officers that you were interested in the Fair and had we time or were we not so absorbed in the preparations for a march I could obtain many things that though of little value would be prized at Chicago, such as the Autographs of the Leading Generals of this Army. You can safely label this seal “Official Seal of the Colony of Georgia” at the time of General Oglethorpe, taken at Milledgeville by a Soldier of Sherman’s Army November 1864.
Yours Ever,
W. T. Sherman

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