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William T. Sherman to Ulysses S. Grant, Smithfield, North Carolina, April 12, 1865

William Tecumseh Sherman, detail
General William T. Sherman in this communication with his commander, shares his joy at the news that General Robert E. Lee has surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox. Sherman, in command of the Department of the Mississippi, had struck north into North Carolina since completing his march through Georgia and was now attempting to trap and destroy the Confederate forces of General Joseph E. Johnston in North Carolina. Hoping that Grant will now release portions of Sheridan's cavalry command to the chase after Johnston, Sherman expresses confidence that he can soon surround and capture Johnston's army. He also comments on Grant's generous terms to Lee and promises that he will be as generous with Johnston so as to encourage his early surrender. As it turned out, Sherman was too generous and landed in political hot water when he negotiated Johnston's capitulation. (By John Osborne)

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