It undertook to reestablish Rebel State governments that had been over-thrown at the sacrifice of many thousand loyal lives and immense treasure, and placed arms and munitions of war in the hands of Rebels at their respective capitals, which might be used, so soon as the armies of the United States were disbanded, and used to conquer and subdue loyal States.
By the restoration of Rebel authority in their respective States, they would be enabled to reestablish Slavery.
It might furnish a ground of responsibility on the part of the Federal Government to pay the Rebel debt, and certainly subjects loyal citizens of Rebel States to debts contracted by Rebels in the name of the State.
It puts in dispute the existence of loyal State governments, and the new State of West Virginia, which had been recognized by every department of the United States Government.
It practically abolished confiscation laws, and relieved Rebels of every degree, who had slaughtered our people, from all pains and penalties for their crimes.
It gave terms that had been deliberately, repeatedly, and solemnly, rejected by President Lincoln, and better terms than the Rebels had ever asked in their most prosperous condition.
It formed no basis of true and lasting peace, but relieved Rebels from the presence of our victorious armies, and left them in a condition to renew their efforts to over-throw the United States Government and subdue the loyal States whenever their strength was recruited and any opportunity should offer.
was sent post-haste to Raleigh
to announce the rejection of the Sherman-Johnston
programme, and to direct an immediate and general resumption of hostilities.
On reaching Morehead City
he dispatched the decision of the Government
, who instantly transmitted its purport to Johnston
, adding a notification that the truce would close 48 hours after the receipt hereof at the Rebel
lines, with a demand that Johnston
's army be forthwith surrendered on the identical terms accorded by Grant
. He at once directed his subordinate commanders to be ready to resume the offensive at noon on the 26th.
on the 25th; when another invitation to a conference was received from Johnston
, who referred it to his superior.
declined to relieve Sherman
from command, as he was authorized to do; and urged him to meet Johnston
as requested; so the 26th was appointed for their third and final interview; at which Johnston
's army was surrendered on the terms already accorded to Lee
's. The agreement was signed by Sherman
, but indorsed,
Approved: U. S. Grant, Lieut.-General :
and thus passed out of existence the second army of the Confederacy
The surrender to Gen. Canby
of Gen. Taylor
's Rebel forces in Alabama
was effected at Citronelle
, May 4, as the result of negotiations commenced April 19.
More words were used; but the terms were essentially the same as had been accorded to Lee
, with this addition:
Transportation and subsistence to be furnished at public cost for the officers and men, after surrender, to the nearest practicable point to their homes.
, at the same time and on the same terms, surrendered to Rear-Admiral Thatcher
the twelve Rebel gunboats blockaded in the Tombigbee river
, with 20 officers and 110 others.
Mr. Jefferson Davis
, with his staff and civilian associates, having journeyed by rail from Richmond
he there halted, and set up his Government; issuing3
thence a stirring proclamation, designed to inspirit