Wednesday, April 26, 1865

Raleigh, North Carolina

I again went up to Durham’s Station by rail, and rode out to Bennett’s house. We waited for some time as General Johnston was delayed by an accident with his railroad train. He sent word of his late arrival. When we met, General Johnston without hesitation, agreed to and we executed, the following final terms:

Terms of a Military Convention, entered into this 26th day of April, 1865, at Bennett’s House, near Durham’s Station., North Carolina, between General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON, commanding the Confederate Army, and Major-General W. T. SHERMAN, commanding the United States Army in North Carolina:

1. All acts of war on the part of the troops under General Johnston’s command to cease from this date.

2. All arms and public property to be deposited at Greensboro’, and delivered to an ordnance-officer of the United States Army.

3. Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate; one copy to be retained by the commander of the troops, and the other to be given to an officer to be designated by General Sherman. Each officer and man to give his individual obligation in writing not to take up arms against the Government of the United States, until properly released from this obligation.

4. The side-arms of officers, and their private horses and baggage, to be retained by them.

5. This being done, all the officers and men will be permitted to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by the United States authorities, so long as they observe their obligation and the laws in force where they may reside.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding United States Forces in North Carolina.
J. E. JOHNSTON, General, Commanding Confederate States Forces in North Carolina.

U. S. GRANT, Lieutenant-General.
I returned to Raleigh the same evening, and, at my request, General Grant wrote on these terms his approval GREENSBOROUGH, April 27, 1865.

As soon as the agreement was signed, I notified Grant:
April 26, 1865 3 p.m

General GRANT:
General Johnston was detained by an accident to his railroad. We have now agreed substantially to the terms of Lee’s army for his at Greensborough, and will sign the terms before parting. Better await my coming this evening.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General, Commanding

DURHAM’S, April 26, 1865.
General GRANT:
The convention is signed all right. Will be down in a couple of hours.
W. T. SHERMAN, Major-General.

I returned to Raleigh where Grant signed his approval of the terms.

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