of April 26 Surrender
of a Military Convention, entered into this 26th day of April, 1865,
at Bennitt's House, near Durham Station, North Carolina, between
General Joseph E. Johnston, commanding the Confederate Army, and
Major-General W.T. Sherman, commanding the United States Army in
All acts of war on the part of the troops under General Johnston's
command to cease from this date.
All arms and public property to be deposited at Greensboro, and delivered
to an ordinance-officer of the United States Army.
Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate; one copy
to be given to an officer to be designated by General Sherman. Each
officer and man to give individual obligation in writing not to take
up arms against the Government of the United States, until properly
released from this obligation.
The side-arms of officers, and their private horses and baggage,
to be retained by them.
This being done, all the officers and men will be permitted to return
to their homes, not to be disturbed by the United States authorities,
so long as they observe their obligation and the laws in force where
they may reside.
W. T. Sherman, Major-General
United States Forces in North Carolina
E. Johnston, General
Commanding Confederate States Forces in North Carolina
U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General
Convention - April 26: Supplemental Terms
Confederate troops to retain their transportation
brigade or separate body to retain a number of arms equal to one-fifth
of its effective total, which, when the troops reach their homes,
will be received by the local authorities for public purposes.
and men to be released from their obligation at the same time with
those of the Army of Virginia.
horses to be used for field transportation when necessary.
horses and other private property of officers and men to be retained
from Arkansas and Texas to be transported by water from Mobile or
New Orleans to their homes by the United States.
obligations of private soldiers to be signed by their company officers.
officers within the limits of General Johnston's command to have
the benefit of the stipulations of this convention.
Signed by the Officers and Men in Johnston's Army
accordance with the terms of the Military Convention, entered into
the twenty-sixth day of April, 1865, between General Joseph E. Johnston,
commanding the Confederate army, and Major-General W. T. Sherman,
commanding the United States Army in North Carolina, has given his
solemn obligation not to take up arms against the Government of the
United States until properly released from this obligation, and is
permitted to return to his home, not to be disturbed by the United
States authorities so long as he observes this obligation and obeys
the laws in force where he may reside.