This Week in the Civil War - #1077
On Monday, April 24, 1865 Ulysses Grant visited William Tecumseh Sherman’s Raleigh, North Carolina headquarters, bringing news that new President Andrew Johnson had disapproved the terms of Sherman’s agreement with Confederate General Joseph Johnston. Sherman was ordered to give forty-eight hours’ notice and then resume hostilities, if Johnston did not surrender. Sherman was incensed by Johnson’s disapproval and afterwards consistently claimed that he never intended to negotiate peace terms to Johnston. Nevertheless, he immediately informed Johnston of the forty-eight hour notification. On the same day at Charlotte, North Carolina Jefferson Davis approved Johnston’s agreement with Sherman, not knowing that it had already been rejected by Andrew Johnson. On the following day, General Johnston contacted Sherman, asking for another meeting to determine terms for the capitulation of his army.