- Invitation of General Johnston to a conference -- its object -- its result -- provisions of the line of retreat -- notice of President Lincoln's assassination -- correspondence between Johnston and Sherman -- terms of the convention -- approved by the Confederate government -- rejected by the United States government -- instructions to General Johnston -- statements of General Johnston -- his surrender -- my movements South -- order of General E. K. Smith to his soldiers -- surrender -- number paroled -- I overtake my family -- my capture -- taken to Hampton roads, and imprisoned in Fortress Monroe.
The invitation to General Johnston for a conference, noticed in a previous chapter, was as follows:
In compliance with this request, General J. E. Johnston came up from Raleigh to Greensboro, and with General Beauregard met me and most of my Cabinet at my quarters in a house occupied by Colonel J. Taylor Wood's family. Though I was fully sensible of the gravity of our position, seriously affected as it was by the evacuation of the capital, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, and the consequent discouragement which these events would produce, I did not think we should despair. We still had effective armies in the field, and a vast extent of rich and productive territory both east and west of the Mississippi, whose citizens had evinced no disposition to surrender. Ample supplies had been collected in the railroad depots, and much