Bennett Place, sometimes known as Bennett Farm, in Durham, North Carolina, was the site of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers.
President Jefferson Davis, fleeing south after the fall of Richmond, met with General Joseph Johnston and ordered him to continue the fight, even if that meant allowing the conflict to deteriorate into guerrilla warfare. The President continued his flight to the Deep South.
Knowing that he could not defeat the armies of both Grant and Sherman once they combined, and unwilling to launch a guerrilla war, Johnston resolved to meet with Sherman. Johnston sent a courier to the Union troops, with a message to General Sherman, offering a meeting between the lines to discuss a truce.
|Johnston and Sherman inside Bennett Farmhouse|
|Signing Terms of Surrender|
|April 26th, 1865|
|Bennett Farm Historic Site|