North Carolina Voices

Surrender

"On 18 April, 1865, at the Bennett house, four miles west of Durham, a conference was held between Generals Johnston and Sherman, and terms of capitulation agreed on and signed . . . . the final terms were agreed upon 26 April . . . . Following the announcement of the second 'armistice' were several days of anxious waiting. There was a very large element of both officers and men who were opposed to a surrender and many were leaving in small bands with the understanding that they would afterwards meet at some rallying point to be agreed upon. When the final announcement was made that the army would be surrendered, the scenes were pathetic; strong, brave men were seen to weep like children . . . . If General Lee had been able to hold out until his army and General Johnston's could have been united as had been agreed upon, and both hurled against Sherman and then against Grant, the result might have been quite different. Would it have been for the best interest of our country and our race? While no true Confederate soldier has any apology to offer for his course, there is a wide diversity of opinion as to the correct answer to the above question."
  J. C. Ellington, 50th North Carolina Regiment, Kirkland's Brigade, Hoke Division, Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee.


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