Diary of Orrin Brown—April 16, 1865

Joe Johnston monument BentonvilleDiary of Orrin Brown, New Bern, North Carolina

Sunday–Apr. 16th

We had a very pleasant night but the wind rose and blowed quite cool from the west all day. There was a salute of 100 guns fired about noon but we did not hear what it was for. And toward night there was considerable shelling done out west of this camp two or three miles which caused considerable excitement in camp, but it was afterwards reported that the shelling was done by a squad of drunken officers and men. I have been quite unwell today and one of my mess mates told me that I was coming down with the yellow jaunders I looked in the glass and found that I was getting quite yellow and my lungs are very sore so that I raise considerable blood.

Easter Sunday

On the 14th, Gen. Johnston had reached out to Gen. Sherman, by way of Gen. Kilpatrick, suggesting he was prepared to arrange a temporary suspension of hostilities.  Sherman replied in the affirmative, suggesting they seek the same terms as agreed by Lee and Grant at Appomattox.  On the 15th, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet left Greensboro by horse and wagons, on their way toward Charlotte.  On Easter Sunday, 16 April 1865, reported to be a beautiful spring day, Kilpatrick’s cavalry moved into Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Johnston and Sherman agreed to meet on Monday along the railroad between Durham and Hillsborough.



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