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“  legitimate consequence of rebellion against rightful authority.” The effect upon our soldiers was different from what had been anticipated, for their sorrow seemed to overwhelm them for a time, and there was little thought of revenge. The instinctive feeling was quite universal that the war was substantially over and that the work of assassination was but the act of a few madmen. The next day, April 18th, Sherman took with him not only his personal staff, but Blair and myself. He left us all at Durham Station, except the officers whom he took the day before. It was at this interview that the first terms were drawn up. Speaking of the paper that contained them, Sherman says: “I wrote it myself, and announced it as the best I could do, and they (Johnston and his advisers) readily assented.” These were explicit and general terms which were signed by Sherman and Johnston and forwarded for the approval or disapproval of the Executive. The clause which recognized the State Governments, whose legitimacy was to be determined by the Supreme Court, together with the other paragraph, which defined political rights and franchises, was what caused such a furor of opposition from Washington. The whole agreement was disapproved by President Johnson, and Grant was ordered “to resume hostilities at the earliest moment” ; and, further, Grant was instructed to proceed to Sherman's headquarters “and direct opposition against the enemy.” Grant came. His visit was a memorable one. His close friendship for Sherman prevented anything that might have been unfavorable to a speedy peace, and allayed all asperities; but he could not remove the
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