Photography of the Unity Monument at Bennett Place Historical Site.

The Unity Monument at the reconstructed Bennett Farm in North Carolina. [Emerging Civil War]

Surrender at Bennett Place External Links

April 17–26, 1865

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Johnston Surrenders at Bennett Place

Upon learning of the surrender of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia near Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston knew continued resistance was senseless, and therefore agreed to meet with his counterpart, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman.

Bennett Place

This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War.

Confederate Surrender at Bennett's Place (April 17-26, 1865)

In early-April 1865, Virginia fell to the Union with the capture of Richmond and Petersburg. Union General William T. Sherman, who desperately wanted to be a part of Lee's surrender, proceeded with the last part of his Carolinas Campaign and marched to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bennett Place State Historic Site

Official website of Bennett Place State Historic Site, site of the largest surrender of the Civil War.

Johnston's Surrender at Bennett Place on Hillsboro Road

The surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate Army to General William T. Sherman at the Bennett Place, April 26, 1865, was the second and last major stage in the peacemaking process which ended the War Between the States. General Lee's surrender at Appomattox 17 days earlier was the first. The capitulation of General Richard A. Taylor's small force in Alabama a week later and of Kirby Smith's Trans-Mississippi Army at New Orleans exactly a month later concluded the process.

The Bennett Place: The Largest Surrender of the Civil War

Having failed to stop Union Gen. William T. Sherman's army at Bentonville, on March 19-21, 1865, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston withdrew his troops to Smithfield, North Carolina, some thirty miles east of Raleigh, the state capital.

Johnston Surrenders

In April 1865, two battle-weary adversaries, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and Union General William T. Sherman, met under a flag of truce to discuss a peaceful solution to the tragic Civil War.

Events Larger Than One Person: The Surrenders at Bennett Place, Durham, North Carolina

Gen. Joseph E. Johnston learned of the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia in Wilmer McLean's parlor in the hamlet of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 several days later. Lee had been trying to outrace the pursuing Union armies in an attempt to link up with Johnston's army near Weldon, North Carolina.

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  • Article Title Surrender at Bennett Place External Links
  • Coverage April 17–26, 1865
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  • Keywords confederate surrender, bennett place, bennett farm
  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date March 29, 2020
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update October 14, 2019

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