Greensborough, N. C., April 21, 1865-2 p. m.
Major-General WILSON, Commanding Cavalry, Army United States:
(Through Major General H. Cobb.)
The following is a copy of a communication just received, which will be sent you to-day by an officer:
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI.
Raleigh, April 20, 1865.
Major-General WILSON, Commanding Cavalry, U. S. Army in Georgia:
General Joseph E. Johnston has agreed with me for an universal suspension of hostilities, looking to a peace over the whole surface of our country. I feel assured that it will be made perfect in a few days. You will therefore desist from further acts of war and devastion until you hear that hostilities are renewed. For convenience of supplying your command may either contract for supplies down about For Valley or the old Chattahoochee arsenal, or, if you are south of West Point, Ga., in the neighborhood of Rome and Kinston, opening up communication and a route of supplies with Chattanooga and Cleveland. Report to me your position through General Johnston, as also round by sea. You may also advise General Canby of your position and the substance of this, which I have also sent round by sea. *
W. T. SHERMAN,
Please communicate the above to office Federal commander.
J. E. JOHNSTON.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., April 21, 1865.
General KILPATRICK, Durham's:
A train will leave here in time to reach you soon after daylight bearing an answer to General Johnston's dispatch sent in by General Hampton to you.
L. M. DAYTON,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
April 21, 1865.
Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commanding U. S. Forces:
GENERAL: In the temportary absence of Lieutenant-General Hampton, and in accordance with instructions received by telegraph from General J. E. Johnston, I have the honor to transmit the accompanying dispatches. # An officer will await your answer at the lines of your cavalry.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. B. McCLELLAN,
WASHINGTON, April 21, 1865-10,40 a. m.
Get a fast and suitable boat ready immediately to take a bearer of dispatches to New Berne, N. C. He will leave here in the Keyport at once, and your boat must be ready to take him on from Monroe without delay.
* For version of this dispatch, as recorde in Sherman's letter-sent book, see Vol. XLIX, Part II.
# See pp. 264, 265.