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Repudiation of the "Basis of Agreement for the surrender of the Confederate Army of the Tennessee"

Edwin McMasters Stanton, detail
Union General William T. Sherman had begun negotiating with Confederate Army of Tennessee commander General Joseph E. Johnston over the possible surrender of all Confederate troops in North Carolina and Tennessee, a still sizable and dangerous force. A ceasefire was put in place and the two sides produced a possible set of terms. The document was shockingly lenient towards the Confederates, especially in light of the recent assassination of President Lincoln. When the terms were made public there was an uproar and the Cabinet admonished Sherman. In this document, Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War published his reasons for this rejection and ordered General U.S. Grant to tell his erring general that "that civil matters could not be entertained in any convention between army commanders." Johnston and his army surrendered on April 25, 1865 on the same terms under which General Robert E. Lee had capitulated in Virginia less than three weeks before. (By John Osborne)

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