Even after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, the Civil War
continued to be fought, and surrenders negotiated, on different
fronts. The most notable of these occurred at Bennett Place, near
Durham, North Carolina, when Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston
surrendered the Army of Tennessee to Union General William T.
Sherman. In this first full-length examination of the end of the
war in North Carolina, Mark Bradley traces the campaign leading up
to Bennett Place.
Alternating between Union and Confederate points of view and
drawing on his readings of primary sources, including numerous
eyewitness accounts and the final muster rolls of the Army of
Tennessee, Bradley depicts the action as it was experienced by the
troops and the civilians in their path. He offers new information
about the morale of the Army of Tennessee during its final
confrontation with Sherman's much larger Union army. And he
advances a fresh interpretation of Sherman's and Johnston's roles
in the final negotiations for the surrender.