dispatch sent at the same time, he gave notice of the termination of the armistice in forty-eight hours. Both these papers were of course submitted to Grant
and received his approval before they were forwarded.
immediately communicated the substance of Sherman
's dispatches to Davis
, and asked for further instructions.
The next morning, April 25th, he was directed to disband the rebel infantry, and bring off his cavalry and all soldiers who could be mounted, with a few light field pieces.
He, however, decided to disobey these—the last instructions he received from the rebel government.
They were intended, he said, to secure the safety of certain high civil officers, but neglected that of the Southern
people and army.
He declared that it would be a great crime to prolong the war; while to send a cavalry escort to Davis
too heavy for flight, but not strong enough to force a way for him, would spread ruin over the South
by leading the great invading armies in pursuit.
He, therefore, proposed to Sherman
another armistice and conference, suggesting as a basis the clause in the recent convention relating to the army; and reported his action to what had been called the Confederate government.
Thus the last blow to the rebel President
was dealt by his bitter and personal enemy; and the chagrin of the general who was relieved by Hood
was avenged by the anguish of the fallen chief, deserted and disobeyed by the subordinate whom he had wronged.
On the 26th, another interview occurred between Johnston
, at which no member of the rebel cabinet attended, and terms were agreed upon