Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) to Edwin M. Stanton
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01254 Author/Creator: Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) Place Written: Raleigh, North Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 April 1865 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 20 cm
Endorsed by William T. Sherman at the top of the first page. States that this morning he delivered the news to Union General William T. Sherman that the terms of his negotiation for surrender with Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston was rejected by Stanton as the Secretary of War. Remarks that Sherman expected this. Reports that word has been sent to Johnston terminating the truce. Indicates that Sherman's negotiations were based on what he thought was already sanctioned by the President. Written on "Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi" letterhead.
Stanton was Secretary of War under Lincoln. Sherman was accused of offering too favorable terms to Johnston and that is why the surrender treaty was rejected by the Union administration. On 26 April 1865, General Johnston surrendered his army upon the same terms that General Lee had received at Appomattox on 9 April 1865.
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