May 27, 2015

HE UNDERSTOOD THE SECOND AMENDMENT; THEY WERE TRAITORS:

Sherman's March on Washington (THOM BASSETT,  MAY 27, 2015, NY Times)

On April 14, General Joseph E. Johnston, head of the ragtag force opposing Sherman in North Carolina, requested a cessation of hostilities in order to "enter into the needful arrangements to terminate the existing war." Sherman immediately agreed, and proposed in his reply "the same terms and conditions as were made by Generals [Ulysses S.] Grant and [Robert E.] Lee" less than a week earlier in Appomattox. Sherman also informed Grant and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton of Johnston's offer, and he pledged in the upcoming negotiations "not to complicate any points of civil policy," meaning postwar political matters.

Despite his promise, Sherman did something very different. After initial discussions with Johnston on April 17, the following day Sherman was offered a set of terms written by the Confederate postmaster general, John H. Reagan. Sherman quickly rejected these terms and sat down to draft his own proposal. Strangely, what he gave Johnston was very similar in substance to what the Confederates had themselves asked for. Sherman seems to have copied Reagan's draft without quite realizing it.

As a result, Sherman offered a surrender agreement that went far beyond what Grant had given Lee. It also addressed both immediate military matters and postwar civil issues. The agreement allowed Confederate armies to take their weapons home, on the assumption that they would be deposited in state arsenals.

Posted by at May 27, 2015 5:31 PM
  

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