Sherman Receives News of Lee's Surrender in Smithfield

Sherman Receives News of Lee's Surrender in Smithfield (HMIZW)

Location: Smithfield, NC 27577 Johnston County
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N 35° 30.685', W 78° 20.823'

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Johnston County Courthouse

— 1843 1921 —

In the early morning hours of April 12, 1865, two Union officers arrived here and delivered a telegram from General Ulysses S. Grant to General William T. Sherman, who was quartered in the Old Johnston County Courthouse, which stood on this site (depicted above). After reading the telegram, General Sherman issued the following dispatch to his army:

"The general commanding announces to the army that he has official notice from General Grant that General Lee surrendered to him his entire army on the 9th. inst., at Appomattox Court House, Virginia."

Upon receiving this news, "tumultuous cheering" erupted and bands played, as Sherman's army celebrated the news of Lee's surrender in Smithfield before resuming its march on Raleigh in the final days of the Civil War.

Erected in the 250th Year of the County of Johnston
Year Placed1996
Placed ByJohnston County
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 1:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 740598 N 3932996
Decimal Degrees35.51141667, -78.34705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 30.685', W 78° 20.823'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 30' 41.10" N, 78° 20' 49.38" W
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Area Code(s)919
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 242-262 E Market St, Smithfield NC 27577, US
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