Surrender at Bennett’s Place

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Bennett’s Place, NC – April 17 – 26, 1865 – General William Tecumseh Sherman receiving the surrender of the Western Confederate Army from General Joseph E. Johnston & Major General John Breckinridge,  Secretary of War for the Confederacy. This surrender followed Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox which was April 9, 1865.  Johnston’s Army was the Western Army while Lee’s was the Eastern Army of the Confederacy.

I was taken by the fact that such a moment as this could take place in such a modest setting.  It seems quite proper that such a terrible war that was fought generally by common people was ended in such a common place.

 

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