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Meeting of the Generals

 
 
Meeting of the Generals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
1. Meeting of the Generals Marker
Inscription.
On April 17, 1865, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and Gen. Joseph Eggleston Johnston met on this section of the Raleigh to Hillsboro Road at the home of James and Nancy Bennett to negotiate a peace settlement to end the war. Staff officers, troopers, and news reporters accompanied them.

Limited documentation makes it difficult to know who came to the Bennett Farm each day, but it is clear that several officers in attendance assisted the generals during the three meetings. After the initial conference, Johnston was accompanied by Secretary of War John C. Brekinridge on April 18, to help in securing the most favorable terms. Gen. John Schofield served as Sherman’s second in command and remained at Raleigh during the first two meetings, but accompanied Sherman on the final meeting of April 26.
 
Location. 36° 1.755′ N, 78° 58.476′ W. Marker is in Durham, North Carolina, in Durham County. Marker is on Bennett Memorial Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Bennett Place State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham NC 27705, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Unity ( within shouting distance of
Meeting of the Generals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
2. Meeting of the Generals Marker
The Bennett house can be seen behind the marker.
this marker); The Original Chimney of the Bennett House ( within shouting distance of this marker); Bennett Place ( within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bennett Place ( within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary Bandstand ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named North Carolina ( approx. 3 miles away); Duke Homestead ( approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Durham.
 
More about this marker. Several photographs appear on the marker. These include: Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge, Union Maj. Gen. John M. Scofield, Union Bvt. Maj. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick, and Confederate Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton III.
The lower left of the marker features a painting, The First Meeting, by Dan Nance, 2010. The caption reads, “Although they had opposed each other across battlefields, the
Meeting of the Generals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
3. Meeting of the Generals Marker
A Confederate encampment is visible on the right of the photo.
April 17meeting at the Bennett home marked the first time these famous commanders met face to face. Johnston was accompanied by cavalry commander, Gen. Wade Hampton and elements of the 5th South Carolina Cavalry. Sherman was accompanied by cavalry commander Gen. Judson Kilpatrick and an assortment of troopers from the 9th Pennsylvania, 13th Pennsylvania, 2nd Kentucky, and 8th Indiana.”
At the lower right is an etching from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, May 1865. It has a caption of, “Though the meetings between Johnston and Sherman were amiable, Hampton and Kilpatrick rehashed their wartime rivalry with a heated argument outside the house, as sketched by J. E. Taylor on April 18, 1865.”
 
Also see . . .  Bennett Place State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 11, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker at Bennett Place State Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
4. Marker at Bennett Place State Historic Site
Bennett House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
5. Bennett House
In this house, on April 26, 1865, Confederate Gen. Joseph Eggleston Johnston surrendered his troops to Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, essentially ending the Civil War.
Inside the Bennett House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 5, 2013
6. Inside the Bennett House
Generals Sherman and Johnston held their meetings in this room.
The First Meeting image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 5, 2013
7. The First Meeting
Painting by Dan Nance from the marker.
Sketch of Union and Confederate Officers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 5, 2013
8. Sketch of Union and Confederate Officers
This picture from the marker appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper in May 1965.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6, 7, 8. submitted on February 13, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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