south-westward from Greensborough
; and all were pressing keenly forward, intent on a battle or a capitulation by the enemy, when he received from his outposts the following overture:
The prompt response was as follows:
Our forces were now halted; but no response from Johnston
was received next day; though Maj. McCoy
, of Sherman
's staff, remained with Kilpatrick
in the advance to receive one. Gen. Sherman
had already written to the War Department, on the receipt of Johnston
I send copies of a correspondence begun with Gen. Johnston, which I think will be followed by terms of capitulation.
I will accept the same terms as Gen. Grant gave Gen. Lee, and be careful not to complicate any points of civil policy.
Late on the 16th, Gen. Sherman
received, through Kilpatrick
, a message from Wade Hampton
, stating that Johnston
desired a meeting at 10 A. M. next day at Durham
's station; which was promptly accorded; Sherman
only changing the time to 12 M.
The meeting took place accordingly; and was adjourned over to next day — Johnston
requiring and urging conditions of general pacification which Sherman
felt that he had no power to guarantee.
Finally, however, at the second meeting, his scruples were overcome; and lie was persuaded to sign the following