f and said, General Grant, this is General Johnson Edward Johnson.
General Grant shook hands warmly a long time since we last met.
Yes, replied Johnson; it is a great many years, and I had not expehat he had been made a prisoner.
I had known Johnson very well, and it was only four years since Ienerals Grant and Meade were talking with General Johnson by the camp-fire, a despatch came in from Hancock, saying, I have finished up Johnson, and am now going into Early.
General Grant passed tht to load and fire.
The main assault fell on Johnson's division of Lee's army.
Lee was led to beln to attack his left, and he had sent most of Johnson's artillery to strengthen that flank.
JohnsoJohnson had his suspicions aroused during the night that there were preparations under way for attacking
By a strange coincidence, it arrived just as Johnson's line was carried, and before the guns couldands.
Besides capturing Generals Steuart and Johnson, he took nearly four thousand prisoners, thir[3 more...]
oke the silence by saying: Ulyss, what do the telegrams say?
Do they bring any bad news?
I will read them to you, the general replied in a voice which betrayed his emotion; but first prepare yourself for the most painful and startling news that could be received, and control your feelings so as not to betray the nature of the despatches to the servants.
He then read to her the telegrams conveying the appalling announcement that Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Seward, and probably the Vice-President, Mr. Johnson, had been assassinated, and warning the general to look out for his own safety.
A special train was at once ordered to take him back to Washington, but finding that he could take Mrs. Grant to Burlington (less than an hour's ride), and return to Philadelphia nearly as soon as his train could be got ready, he continued on, took her to her destination, returned to Philadelphia, and was in Washington the next morning.
It was found that the President had been shot and killed at Ford's Th
tionally, and with the understanding that the armistice granted could be terminated if the conditions were.
not approved by superior authority.
A staff-officer sent by General Sherman brought his communication to Washington announcing the terms of this agreement.
It was received by General Grant on April 21.
Perceiving that the terms covered many questions of a civil and not of a military nature, he suggested to the Secretary of War that the matter had better be referred at once to President Johnson and the cabinet for their action.
A cabinet meeting was called before midnight, and there was a unanimous decision that the basis of agreement should be disapproved, and an order was issued directing General Grant to proceed in person to Sherman's headquarters and direct operations against the enemy.
Instead of merely recognizing that Sherman had made an honest mistake in exceeding his authority, the President and the Secretary of War characterized his conduct as akin to treason, a