The President lingered a few hours, and expired on the morning of the 15th, at the moment of the triumph of that cause of which he had been the devoted servant as well as the indefatigable and beloved leader, and of which he now became the most exalted and lamented martyr.
His successor, Andrew Johnson
, was inaugurated on the same day.
These astounding events imposed unforeseen and important duties on all connected with the government, and Grant
, of course, remained at the capital.
Meanwhile, the expected sequel to the surrender of Lee
had come to pass.
On the 10th of April, in obedience to Grant
's orders to ‘push on and finish the job with Lee
's armies,’ Sherman
advanced against Smithfield
, and Johnston
at once retreated rapidly through Raleigh
, which place Sherman
entered on the 13th.
On the 14th, he received a message from Johnston
, dictated by Jefferson Davis
, who was living in a box car on the railroad, at Greensboro
, the inhabitants refusing him any other shelter.
The rebels had learned the surrender of Lee
, and their communication was to inquire whether Sherman
was ‘willing to make a temporary suspension of active operations, and to communicate to Lieutenant-General Grant
, commanding the armies of the United States
, the request that he would take like action in regard to other armies—the object being to permit the civil authorities to enter into the needful arrangements to terminate the existing war.’
replied on the same day that he was fully empowered to arrange any terms for the suspension of further hostilities between his own army and that of Johnston
, and was willing to confer to