This Week in the Civil War - #1021
On Friday, February 3, 1865, at Hampton Roads, Virginia, President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward met with Alexander Stephens, John A. Campbell, and R.M.T. Hunter, Confederate representatives, to discuss the ongoing war between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Lincoln insisted that United States authority had to be recognized by the South as a precondition to peace and rejected an armistice. The Confederates then inquired into the manner of reconstruction, if the Union was restored, and complained that it seemed unconditional submission was their only option. Lincoln promised that he would be liberal in his policies but refused to speak for Congress. The conference promptly adjourned, having accomplished nothing of substance in the last peace effort before the war’s end.