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This Astounding Close
The Road to Bennett Place

by Mark. L. Bradley

Hardcover, 404 pages, 6-1/8" x 9-1/4", 41 illustrations, 8 maps,
Published 2000
University of North Carolina Press

From the publisher:
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.

About the author
Mark L. Bradley is author of Last Stand in the Carolinas: The Battle of Bentonville. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. No Such Army since the Days of Julius Caesar
2. As Good as a Picnic and Three Circuses
3. The Skeleton Army
4. The Final Scene of the Drama Is at Hand
5. We Are Not Enemies, I Hope?
6. To Obtain Fair Terms of Peace
7. The Best I Can Do
8. Conquered but Not Subdued
9. Do You Bring Back Peace or War?
10. Slide Back into the Union
Epilogue. "Old Joe" and "Uncle Billy"

Appendix A. Postmaster General John H. Reagan's "Basis of Pacification," April 18, 1865
Appendix B. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's "Memorandum or Basis of Agreement," April 18, 1865
Appendix C. Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield's "Terms of a Military Convention" and "Supplemental Terms," April 26, 1865
Appendix D. Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Terms of Agreement Entered into with Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865, and Supplementary Terms, April 10, 1865
Appendix E. Text of Parole Issued to Confederate Soldiers in North Carolina
Appendix F. Organization of Union Forces
Appendix G. Organization of Confederate Forces

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Illustrations
Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
The Confederate arsenal, Fayetteville
Two views of the Battle of Bentonville
Mower turning the Confederate left at Bentonville
View of Goldsboro
Peace Makers
Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton
Governor Zebulon B. Vance
Sherman and his generals
Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee
Johnston County Court House, Smithfield
The peace commissioners
Bvt. Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick
Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler
President Jefferson Davis
Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard
Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge
Generals Sherman and Johnston meeting at Bennett Place
The confrontation between Generals Hampton and Kilpatrick
"Black Jack" Logan saving Raleigh
Alexander Dickson House, near Hillsborough
Postmaster General John H. Reagan
Sherman's "Memorandum or Basis of Agreement," April 18, 1865
Bennett Place
Theodore R. Davis
Interior view of the Bennett house
Three views of the North Carolina state capitol, Raleigh
President Andrew Johnson's birthplace, Raleigh
The Governor's Palace, Raleigh
Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton
Bennett Place, as drawn by a Pennsylvania cavalryman
Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield
Brig. Gen. Thomas Muldrop Logan
Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
Bvt. Brig. Gen. William Hartsuff
Rear Adm. and Brig. Gen. Raphael Semmes
Confederate officers in Greensboro receiving their paroles
Two views of Confederate arms and accoutrements stored in Greensboro
Maj. Gen. Jacob D. Cox
The Grand Review of Sherman's army, May 24, 1865

Maps
1. The Carolinas campaign, January-March 1865
2. Howard's and Slocum's wings advance from Goldsboro, April 10-11, 1865
3. Sherman's pursuit of Johnston, April 10-13, 1865
4. The last ride of Lieutenant Walsh, April 13, 1865
5. The Army of Tennessee's line of retreat, April 13-16, 1865
6. Stoneman's last raid: North Carolina, April 9-13, 1865
7. The last encampments of the Army of Tennessee, April 26-May 3, 1865
8. The final march of Sherman's army and the homeward journey of Capt. Samuel T. Foster and Granbury's Texas brigade, May-June 1865

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