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In North Carolina, against orders, CSA General J. E. Johnston surrenders the entire Army of the Tennessee

Joseph Eggleston Johnston, detail
After drawn-out negotiations in North Carolina complicated by political questions over terms, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston finally surrendered formally all the substantial forces under his command in the Army of the Tennessee to General William T. Sherman. Confederate President Jefferson Davis had just the day before ordered Johnston to continue fighting and move his troops south.  Johnston's contrary decision essentially ended the Civil War.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 105.
Robert M. Dunkerly, The Confederate Surrender at Greensboro: The Final Days of the Army of Tennessee, April 1865 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 191.