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By April had been fired. As soon as he took command, THE McLEAN HOUSE SHORTLY AFTER blue and gray began to mingle in each other's camps to renew acquaintances and Greensborough, and there Johnston told place, one shot rang out that would be commands in the vicinity of Fayetteville, them he thought it was useless to continue. heard throughout the ages. On April 14, North Carolina, knowing that his only hope Davis disagreed but allowed Johnston to flush with ViCtOIY, President Lincoln fell to of stopping Sherman was to use every man meet with Sherman to discuss a temporalY an assassin's bullet at Ford's Theater in at his disposal.

But Johnston had to with- armistice. Instead, five days later Johnston Washington. The shock of the draw before he could accomplish his and Sherman reached an agreement calling act stunned even the South. objective and continued to retreat through for the disbanding of all remaining The Union went into NOlth Carolina until he turned and struck Confederate forces in the field, something deep and lasting at Sherman at Averasborough on March 16. Johnston had not the power to order. A mourning. Still he had to retreat once more, but three week later Washington rejected the terms Confederates, who days later he turned at Bentonville and, in because Shern1an did not have the authori- had nothing to do an unusual act for Johnston, launched a ty to make such an agreement either.

Three days MAJOR GENERAL later the formal surrender ceremony took EDWARD CANBY place, and the Army of Northern Virginia (CWL) passed into histOlY. But the war was not over. President Davis and his cabinet had moved to Danville, Virginia, but on learning of Lee's surrender, they had to continue their flight south into NOlth Carolina. The only other remaining army in the East was there, a remnant of the once mighty Army of Tennessee combined with other commands, and since FebrualY once more commanded by Davis's old foe Joseph E.

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