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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
They took quiet possession, after Mayor Harrison had formally surrendered the place. No doubt, the arrival of Swain and Graham saved the city of Raleigh and the State archives from destruction, for some of Wheeler's cavalry were there, breaking ope of the evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg had caused universal gloom, President Swain addressed a note to ex-Governor William A. Graham who was a member of the Confederate Congress, proposing action on the part of the people of North Carolina, independent of the Confederate Government, looking to a termination of the war. Graham agreed with Swain, and said, in a letter to him in reply:--I left Richmond thoroughly convinced that (1) Independence for the Southern Confederacy was perfectly hopd to the termination of the war. With a flag of truce, and a safeguard from General Hardee, at Raleigh, Messrs. Swain and Graham proceeded in a special train, on the 12th, for Sherman's Headquarters. Wade Hampton, through whose lines they must pass,