The country was simply overrun.
There was nobody to defend it, and no defense worthy of the name.
In fact, the history of the war after the 9th of April is nothing but an enumeration of successive surrenders.
On the 14th of April, Johnston
made his first overtures to Sherman
; on the 21st, Cobb
; on the 4th of May, Richard Taylor
surrendered all the rebel forces east of the Mississippi
On the 11th of May, Jefferson Davis
, disguised as a woman and in flight, was captured at Irwinsville, Georgia
; and on the 26th of the same month, Kirby Smith
surrendered his entire command west of the Mississippi river
On that day the last organized rebel force disappeared from the territory of the United States
Every man who had borne arms against the government was a prisoner.
One hundred and seventy-four thousand two hundred and twenty-three rebel soldiers were paroled.
This speedy and absolute collapse of the revolt was one of the most remarkable incidents of the war. Not a gun was fired in anger after the surrender of Lee
Not a soldier held out; not a guerilla remained in arms.
None retreated to a mountain fastness; none refused to give a parole, or even an oath of allegiance to the national authority.
Great part of this acquiescence was doubtless due to the terms that had been accorded by Grant
Aware as he was of the exhausted condition of the rebels, that they could hope for no after-success, and yet might prolong the war indefinitely in the interior—holding out in detachments here and there all over the country, coming together again as fast as they