Smithfield in Johnston County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sherman Receives News of Lee's Surrender in Smithfield
Johnston County Courthouse
— 1843 1921 —
"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
Erected 1996 by Johnston County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 35° 30.685′ N, 78° 20.823′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smithfield NC 27577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Occupation of Smithfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward W. Pou (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Smithfield (about 800 feet away); Hastings House (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Town of Smithfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ava Gardner (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sherman’s March (approx. 0.8 miles away); Federal Line of March (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,396 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.