of the two armies, and terms of peace negotiated.
The authorities at Washington
refused to ratify the terms of settlement.
On the 26th the army marched 10 miles on the Center
road, and on the following day it was officially announced that terms had been agreed upon by which the troops under General Johnston
would be surrendered.
This announcement brought sorrow, but no surprise.
The humblest man in the ranks felt that it was inevitable.
There had existed a bare hope that the union of the armies of Lee
might be productive of good for the country, but this was dispelled by the surrender of Lee
. Tennesseeans accepted the situation in a manner befitting a people who had made so many sacrifices and endured so many wrongs without complaint, and whose heroic sons had won glory and honor on every battlefield of the war.
Thirty-nine thousand and twelve officers and men of Johnston
's army were paroled at Greensboro, N. C.
, and other points, in accordance with the military convention of April 26, 1865, and among them were 2,000 Tennesseeans, all in Cheatham
The paroled soldiers, maintaining their organizations, retired to Salisbury
, where rations were distributed and $1.25 in coin was paid to officers and men. This fund constituted the military chest of the army and had just come under the control of General Johnston
, under orders from President Davis
It was the first payment in coin made to the troops, and the first of any description for many months.
A touching farewell to the troops was published by General Johnston
, and the Tennessee
brigade marched to Greeneville, Tenn.
, under command of Gen. J. B. Palmer
, and took the cars for their homes.