that end. He undertook to abide by the same terms and conditions as were allowed by Grant
, and, furthermore, to obtain from Grant
an order to suspend the movements of any troops from the direction of Virginia
He also offered to order Stoneman
, now in front of Johnston
's army, to suspend any devastation or destruction contemplated by him.
No reply to this was received until the 16th, when Johnston
agreed to meet Sherman
on the following day at a point midway between the two armies.
Just before starting for the interview, Sherman
received a telegram announcing the assassination of Lincoln
, and, as soon as the two commanders were alone, he showed the dispatch to Johnston
, who did not attempt to conceal his distress, but declared that the event would prove the greatest possible calamity to the Confederacy
The discussion of the object of the interview then began.
Sherman at once declined to receive any propositions addressed to the government of the United States
by those claiming to be civil authorities of a Southern Confederacy; whereupon Johnston
proposed that the two generals should themselves arrange the terms of a permanent peace; and the conditions which might be allowed to the rebellious states on their submission to the government were discussed.
The terms were not entirely agreed upon, as Sherman
desired to be certain of Johnston
's authority to speak for ‘all the Confederate armies.’
The conference was therefore suspended until the following day, to give opportunity for Johnston
to obtain this authority.
Immediately after the close of the interview