l 4, was as follows: You I propose to move against Johnston's army to break it up, and to get into the interion the four months of almost constant fighting with Johnston's army.
In the comments I have made upon the Atlaner in which that army, then under Hood instead of Johnston, was finally broken up, by Sherman's subordinates n comparison with the total strength of his army.
Johnston displayed similar qualities in an equal degree so ing a superior force against such an antagonist as Johnston could be. regarded as wise, it surely could not agar from lacking skill as a tactician.
Both he and Johnston might well be likened to masters of the sword so sthat an end was put to that duel by the removal of Johnston, and the military world thus deprived of a completly as far from an end as it was the first of May!
Johnston would have been there in front of Sherman, all theplish the first part of Grant's plan in respect to Johnston's army,— namely, to break it up,—the second part,
for Lee's rear at Petersburg, and he expected Johnston to keep ahead of him and to unite with Lee fo the natural sequence of Lee's surrender; for Johnston's army was not surrounded, and could not haveoval of the convention, both upon Sherman and Johnston, not referred to by either in their published from others in the interval, and both he and Johnston at their last meeting seemed sad and dejectedAt the time of Sherman's first interview with Johnston I hinted that I would like to accompany him; the room to assist him in his discussion with Johnston and Breckinridge.
At his last interview I aclteration were signed by the two commanders.
Johnston's words, on handing the paper back to Shermance of this understanding that I made with General Johnston the supplemental terms, and gave his disbventions at Bennett's House.
But Sherman and Johnston were writing their own defense, and it was nar upon the success of his able antagonist General Johnston, to whom Sherman's difficulties were corr[15 more...]
e pursued in North Carolina
an order from General Grant in regard to cotton and produce
suggestions for the reorganization of Civil government
a provisional Governor for North Carolina.
being in command in North Carolina at the close of the war, I was connected for a short period with the very earliest consideration of the vital question of the restoration of civil government in the Southern States, in which I acted a more important part at a later period.
The moment the surrender of Johnston's army made it evident that the end was near, the question arose, and was much discussed among some of the prominent officers, as to the status of the negroes in the South.
The position was promptly taken by me, as the responsible commander in North Carolina, that the question at that time was solely one of fact.
The President's proclamation of emancipation was virtually a military order to the army to free all the slaves in the insurgent States as rapidly as military operations should br