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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 —

 
Sherman Receives News Of Lee's Surrender In Smithfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 8, 2010
1. Sherman Receives News Of Lee's Surrender In Smithfield Marker
Inscription. 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
 
Erected 1996 by Johnston County.
 
Location. 35° 30.685′ N, 78° 20.823′ W. Marker is in Smithfield, North Carolina, in Johnston County. Marker is at the intersection of East Market Street (U.S. 70) and South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east on East Market Street. Touch for map. This marker is located in front of the Johnston County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Smithfield NC 27577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Johnston County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 8, 2010
2. Johnston County Courthouse
At least 8 other markers are within 5 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); Sherman’s March (approx. 0.8 miles away); Federal Line of March (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Last Grand Review (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithfield.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Johnston County Fountain Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 8, 2010
3. Johnston County Fountain Memorial
In memory of
Lieut. Edwin Smith Sanders
killed at Drewry's Bluff, Va.
May 16, 1864

Walter R. Moore
killed at Farmville, Va.
April 8, 1865

Ensign Edwin Smith Pou
killed at the Ile Tudy, France
October 28, 1918

Presented to
The citizens of Johnston County
by
William Marsh Sanders
1923

In honor of all those from
Johnston County
who participated in the World War
Johnston County Fountain Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 8, 2010
4. Johnston County Fountain Memorial
He prayeth well
who loveth well
both man and bird
and beast
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,229 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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