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6. The Executive authority of the Government of the United States not to disturb any of the people by reason of the late war, so long as they live in peace and quiet, abstain from acts of armed hostility, and obey the laws in existence at the place of their residence.
J. M. SCHOFIELD, Major-General
Commanding United States Forces in North Carolina
J. E. JOHNSTON, General
Commanding Confederate Forces in North Carolina.
“From Bentonville [March 77d, 6865] we marched to Goldsboro, and in two or three days were in camp, busily engaged in preparing for another campaign. We had made the march from Savannah to Goldsboro, a distance of 985 miles, in seven weeks. We had constructed bridges, across the Edisto, Broad, Catawba, Pedee, and Cape Fear rivers, and had destroyed all the railroads to the interior of South Carolina. We had subsisted mainly upon the country, and our men and animals were in better condition than when we left Savannah. All this was done in the winter season.
7. The Confederate armies now in existence to disbanded and conducted to their several State capitals, there to deposit their arms and public property in the State arsenal and each officer and man to execute and file an agreement to cease from acts of war, and to abide the action of the State and Federal authority. The number of arms and munitions of war to be reported to the Chief of Ordinance at Washington City, subject to the future action of the Congress of the United States, and, in the meantime, to be used solely to maintain peace and order within the borders of the States respectively.
COMRADES: In terminating our official relations, I earnestly exhort you to observe faithfully the terms of pacification agreed upon, and to discharge the obligations of good and peaceful citizens as well as you have performed the duties of thorough soldiers in the field. By such a course you will best secure the comfort of your families and kindred, and restore tranquility to our country.
9. The reestablishment of all Federal courts in the several States, with powers as defined by the Constitution of the United States and of the States respectively.
6. The contending armies now in the field to maintain the status quo until notice is given by the commanding general of any one to its opponent, and reasonable time – say forty-eight hours – allowed.
You will return to your homes with the admiration of our people, won by the courage and noble devotion you have displayed in this long war. I shall always remember with pride the loyal support and generous confidence you have given me.
Sherman returned to Raleigh and issued an order announcing the assassination of President Lincoln, which was published to the troops on the following morning. The men appreciated the generosity and nobleness of Mr. Lincoln’s nature. The fact that he had carried us successfully through the great struggle caused them to feel toward him an attachment which the soldier always toward a great and successful leader. The startling [end of page 755] news of his death was received with gloom and sadness.
Memorandum or Basis of Agreement, made this 68th day of April A. D. 6865, near Durham’s Station, in the State of North Carolina, by and between General Joseph E. Johnston, commanding the Confederate Army, and Major-General William T. Sherman, commanding the Army of the United States in North Carolina, both present: