after being copied without alteration
were signed by the two commanders.
's words, on handing the paper back to Sherman
, were: ‘I believe that is the best we can do.’
It was in pursuance of this understanding that I made with General Johnston
the ‘supplemental terms,’ and gave his disbanded men the two hundred and fifty thousand rations, with wagons to haul them, to prevent the troops from robbing their own people, for which, in his ‘Narrative,’ he very properly credits General Sherman
But I also gave to the troops from each State arms enough to arm a guard to preserve order and protect citizens en route, the arms so used to be turned over to United States
officers after the troops got home.
This was one of the things most bitterly condemned in Sherman
's first agreement.
Yet not a word was said when I did it!
It would be difficult for a soldier to imagine anything more monstrous than the suggestion that he could not trust the officers and men whom he had been fighting four years to go home and turn in their arms after they had voluntarily surrendered and given their parole of honor to do so. Yet there seem to be even in high places some men who have no conception of the sense of honor which exists among brave men.
When that second ‘convention’ was handed to General Grant
the same evening, he said that the only change he would have made would have been to write General Sherman
's name before General Johnston
's. So would I if I had thought about it; but I presume an unconscious feeling of courtesy toward a fallen foe dictated the order in which their names were written.
It seems to me a little singular that neither General Sherman
nor General Johnston
thought the circumstances above referred to worthy of being preserved in memory, and I am not quite willing that General Breckinridge
shall carry off all the honor of assisting the great