This Week in the Civil War - #1074
On the very day, Wednesday, April 19, 1865, when funeral services were held in the White House for Abraham Lincoln as the North mourned its fallen leader, the fleeing Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his entourage arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was there that Davis received a letter from Confederate General Wade Hampton, suggesting that they both withdraw westward across the Mississippi River to continue the southern war effort. That same day Union General John Pope wrote to Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, who commanded the Confederate Trans-Mississippi Department, suggesting that Smith consider surrendering his forces on the same terms as Grant had offered to Lee at Appomattox. Smith was not inclined to do so, also believing that his forces could continue to resist the Union.