The place that saved America:
April 26, 1865: 90,000 Confederate soldiers were surrendered by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. It effectively ended the American Civil War after Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia (April 9, 1865). It was the conclusion of Maj. Gen. Williams T. Sherman’s military champaign from Georgia thru the Carolinas.
The dramatic negotiations started on April 17th, 1865. It was intensified by the telegram Sherman handed to Johnston, informing of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (April 14). Many, including the newly sworn President Andrew Johnson, wanted the heads of the rebel leaders.
A must read about this pivotal American 30 day turning point is April 1865: The Month That Saved America By Jay Winik.
Bennett Place has a wonderful guided tour of the property. Located at 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC 27705