War of the Rebellion: Serial 100 Page 0304 OPERATIONS IN N. C., S. C., S. GA., AND E. FLA. Chapter LIX.

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HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Raleigh, April 25, 1865.

General JOHNSTON:

I will meet you at the same place as before, to-morrow at 12 o'clock noon.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General.

IN THE FIELD, April 25, 1865.

(Received 7. 03 a. m. 26th.)

Major General W. T. SHERMAN,

Commanding U. S. Forces:

GENERAL: I have had the honor to receive your dispatch of yesterday, summoning this army to surrender on the terms accepted by General Lee at Appomattox Court-House. I propose instead of such a surrender, terms based on those drawn up by you on the 18th for disbanding, this army, and a further armistice and conference to arrange these terms. The disbanding of General Lee's army has afflicted this country with numerous bands having no means of subsistence but robbery, a knowledge of which would, I am sure, induce you to agree to other conditions.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. E. JOHNSTON,

General.

[APRIL 25, 1865. -For Halleck to Meade, 9. 30 a. m., in reference to truce between Generals Sherman and Johnston, see Vol. XLVI, Part III, p. 941.]

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,

In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., April 25, 1865.

Colonel W. W. WRIGHT,

Superintendent of Railroads;

SIR: The army moves to-morrow against the enemy in the direction of Greensborough and Salisbury. I wish the road to be repaired as the army progresses, at least as far as the Company's Shops, in Alamance County. You may see General Schofield, whose army will operate along the road and will guard the construction parties.

I am, &c.,

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL

HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, FIELD ORDERS,

In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., Numbers 63.

April 25, 1865.

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II. Bvt. Major General J. E. Smith is hereby relieved from duty with the Army of the Tennessee, and will report in person to Lieutenant General U. S. Grant, commanding Armies of the United States.

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By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:

L. M. DAYTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.