Bennett Place

I was back in Durham so got another chance to make it to Bennett Place. Last time I visited it was closed for the hurricane.

I only had about 30 minutes but got to walk around and see most of it. They have guided tours if you have more time. I was the only person there on a Wednesday afternoon about 2pm.

One hundred feet east of this spot in the Bennett house General Joseph E. Johnston and Major General William T. Sherman met at noon April 17, 1865 to discuss terms of a proposed surrender. They met in this house again on April 18 and wrote and signed a "basis of agreement" under the terms of which General Johnston agreed to surrender all the Confederate armies then in the field. President Andrew Johnson rejected the terms agreed upon, sent orders to General Sherman on April 24 to give forty-eight hours notice and resume hostilities at the end of that time and ordered General Grant to go to Raleigh to "direct military movements." General Grant arrived in Raleigh on April 24, but out of consideration for General Sherman he did not assume command. On the evening of April 25, General Johnston "asked another interview" with General Sherman "to renew negotiations," and on the twenty-sixth at 2 p.m. the generals met a third time in the Bennett house and signed the terms of a military convention, "under which 36,817 Confederate soldiers in North Carolina and 52,453 in Georgia and Florida laid down their arms. This monument thus marks the spot where the military force of the United States of America finally triumphed and established as inviolate the principle of an indissoluble union. It marks also the spot of the last stand of the Confederacy in maintaining its ideal of indestructible states - an ideal which preserved to the American Union by virtue of the heroic fight grows in strength from year to year.

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