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    William T. Sherman Autograph Field Pass Signed "W. T. Sherman." One page, 7.25" x 9.25", on "Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi, In the Field" letterhead, Raleigh [North Carolina], April 19, 1865. Following the news of General Robert E. Lee's surrender on April 9, General Johnston agreed to meet with General Sherman to discuss the terms of surrender of the Army of Tennessee and all forces active in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Believing he was operating under the wishes of the late President Lincoln, he offered Johnston generous terms (covering both military and political issues), though he had not received the authority by the new president or General Grant to do so. Washington refused to approve Sherman's terms. The two met for two days (April 17 and 18) at a farm near Durham called Bennett Place.

    The following day, Sherman wrote this pass ordering "Guards & pickets [to] pass the Bearers Maj Harris & Capt Folger to Raleigh with leave to come and return." One week later, on April 26, Johnston, ignoring his own president's wishes, agreed to strictly military terms and formally surrendered to Sherman. This act would prove to be the largest surrender of the war, totaling 89,000 troops, and lead to Johnston being labeled a traitor by Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

    Usual folds; light staining near the date, else fine. Matted and framed with a photograph of General Sherman to an overall size of 17.75" x 13.75".


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