I just received a telegram from Sherman sent on the 15th. He is beginning surrender negotiations with Johnston.
Raleigh, N. C., April 1865.
General U. S. GRANT and SECRETARY OF WAR:
(Care of General Easton, New Berne or Morehead.)
I send copies of a correspondence begun with General Johnston, which, I think, will be followed by terms of capitulation. I will accept the same terms as General Grant gave General Lee, and be careful not to complicate any points of civil policy. If any cavalry have started toward me caution them that they must be prepared to find our work done. It is now raining in torrents, and I shall await General Johnston’s reply here, and will propose to meet him in person at Chapel Hill. I have invite Governor Vance to return to Raleigh with the civil officers of his State. I have met ex-Governor Graham, Mr. Bager, Moore, Golden, and other, all of whom agree that the war is over, and that the States of the South must resume their allegiance, subject to the Constitution and laws of Congress, and that the military power of the South must submit to the national arms. This great fact once admitted, all the details are easy of arrangement.
W. T. SHERMAN,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 418
O.R., I, xlvii, part 3, p 221