Chapter 23: end of the War.--from Goldsboro'to Raleigh and Washington.
April and May, 1865.
As before described, the armies commanded respectively by Generals J. M. Schofield
, A. H. Terry
, and myself, effected a junction in and about Goldsboroa, North Carolina
, during the 22d and 23d of March, 1865, but it required a few days for all the troops and trains of wagons to reach their respective camps.
In person I reached Goldsboroa on the 23d, and met General Schofield
, who described fully his operations in North Carolina
up to that date; and I also found Lieutenant Dunn
, aide-decamp to General Grant
, with a letter from him of March 16th, giving a general description
of the state of facts about City Point
The next day I received another letter, more full, dated the 22d, which I give herewith.
Nevertheless, I deemed it of great importance that I should have a personal interview with the general, and determined to go in person to City Point
as soon as the repairs of the railroad, then in progress under the personal direction of Colonel W. W. Wright
, would permit:
The railroad was repaired to Goldsboroa by the evening of March 25th, when, leaving General Schofield
in chief command, with a couple of staff-officers I started for City Point, Virginia
, on a locomotive, in company with Colonel Wright
, the constructing engineer.
We reached Newbern
that evening, which was passed in the company of General Palmer
and his accomplished lady, and early the next morning we continued on to Morehead City
, where General Easton
had provided for us the small captured steamer Russia
, Captain Smith
We put to sea at once and steamed up the coast, reaching Fortress Monroe
on the morning of the 27th, where I landed and telegraphed to my brother, Senator Sherman
, at Washington
, inviting him to come down and return with me to Goldsboroa.
We proceeded on up James River
to City Point
, which we reached the same afternoon.
I found General Grant
, with his family and staff, occupying a pretty group of huts on the bank of James River
, overlooking the harbor, which was full of vessels of all classes, both war and merchant, with wharves and warehouses on an extensive scale.
The general received me most heartily, and we talked over matters very fully.
After I had been with him an hour or so, he remarked that the President
, Mr. Lincoln
, was then on board the steamer River Queen
, lying at the wharf, and he proposed that we should call and see him. We walked down to the wharf, went on board, and found Mr. Lincoln
alone, in the after-cabin.
He remembered me perfectly, and at once engaged in a most interesting conversation.
He was full of curiosity about the many incidents of our great march, which had reached him officially and through the newspapers, and seemed to enjoy very much the more ludicrous parts — about the “bummers,” and their devices to collect food and forage when the outside world supposed us to be starving; but at the same
time he expressed a good deal of anxiety lest some accident might happen to the army in North Carolina
during my absence.
I explained to him that that army was snug and comfortable, in good camps, at Goldsboroa; that it would require some days to collect forage and food for another march; and that