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April, 1865 – Assassination and Surrender


Beginning Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina

Apr. 2

Co. inspection by the Capt. Still unwell, not able for duty, drew 5 days rations.

Apr. 3

Quite sick this morning. Still off duty.

Apr. 4

Today there was the usual amt of drills in the regt.

Apr. 5

Nothing of importance took place in camp today. Still unwell.

Apr. 6

Day pleasant and warm. Health poor. Regimental drill today and dress parade in the evening.

Apr. 7

Morning pleasant. This morning we received the news of the fall of Richmond.

Apr. 8

The fall of Richmond confirmed. Brigade drill by Brig Gen Wm Wood.

Apr. 9

Health better. The right of the reg’t went on picket duty this morning.

Apr. 10

The army commenced moving at daylight. The 15th and 17th Corps on the right going north and the 14th, 20th and 25th Corps crossed the Nuse river, mooving west and composed the left wing. Marched 18 miles. Co. I and K on the skirmish line.

Apr. 11

Johnson County, N.C. Marched at 6am in the direction of Cambridge. Halted at 2pm to build a bridge across Little River that the rebs burned. Crossed at 4pm, passed through Beulah and camped after marching 15 miles.

Apr. 12

Head of the column moved out at daylight on the Cambridge road with our brigade in the center of the division and our reg’t as train guard. Marched 10 miles today through a swampy country. Passed through Pine Level.

Apr. 13

Marched 6am on the Raleigh road. Crossed the Nuse River at 4pm and march within 4 miles of Raleigh. Day’s march 22 miles.

Apr. 14

Marched at 7am. Passed through Raleigh. Passed the State house in review. Passed Gen. Sherman. Turned north, marched about 4 miles and went into camp. Whole day march 10 miles.

Apr. 15

Ordered to march. Order countermanded and we remained in camp. Rumors of Johnston’s surrender. Nothing reliable. Rainy day with heavy thunder

Apr. 16

Morning cool and pleasant. Still in camp awaiting marching orders. All kinds of rumors afloat concerning Johnston’s surrender but nothing official up to this evening.

Apr. 17

Pres. Abraham Lincoln, April 10, 1865

Morning cool and pleasant. No news from the front up to 8am. Today we received the sad news of the assassination of President Lincoln and Sec. Snyder’s son while attending the theater. No news from the front. Deserters coming in.

Apr. 18

Morning cloudy and cool. No news yet from the front. 7am. 5pm – no news from the front but still many rumors of Johnston’s surrender. Weather pleasant. Health moderately good.

Apr. 19

Still in camp near Raleigh. Day warm and pleasant, heavy rain last night. News of Johnston’s surrender received at 2:20 this afternoon.

Apr. 20

Marched at 9am. Passed through the city of Raleigh and went into regular camp 2 miles east of the city in a very fine growth of young pine timber. Weather pleasant, health good. Marched 6 miles.

Apr. 21

Still in camp. Some rain. Weather cool and pleasant. Wrote letter no. 107 home in answer to no’s 91, 92 from home, received on the 19th.

Apr. 22

Morning cool and peasant. Health not very good. Brigade drill 1pm preparatory to a grand review of the 15th Corps on Mon.

Apr. 23

Morning very cool, brigade review at 9am by Maj. Gen. Charles Wood, our division commander. Preaching by our chaplain at 2pm from Luke 16th Chap.  and latter clause of the 5th verse.

Apr. 24

Remain in camp. Nothing of importance transpired today. Many conflicting rumors about Johnson’s surrender. Lieut Gen. Grant, Meade and other distinguished gen’s visit Raleigh.

Apr. 25

Mornings still continue cool. Ordered to clean up camp as Gen Grant was to visit camp which he did in company with Sherman, Mead, Howard, Logan and others. Received a letter of the 16 inst. No. 95

Apr. 26

Morning still cool and weather dry and warm during the day. No official news from the front but many rumors of various kinds.

Apr. 27

Morning cool and pleasant. Brigade drill from 9 to 12. This afternoon we received the official news of Johnston’s surrender of his army and terms of peace. Wrote letter number 110.

Apr. 28

Today I visited Br. Harry and found him well. Orders to march in the morning. Meeting this evening. Wrote home letter no. 111.

Apr. 29

Marched at 7am. Music by the band, “Aren’t You Glad You’re Out of the Wilderness?”. Crossed Crab Creek 2 miles from Raleigh. Marched to the Nuse and crossed. Went into camp at 1pm, 1 mile south east and 12 miles from Raleigh.

Apr. 30

Today we remained in camp and mustered for pay at 10am. Bible lesson from 7 to 8, preaching by the chaplain of the 93rd Ill at 2pm from 106 Ps and 15 verse, and at sundown by the Chap of the 32nd Mo from 1Cor, 10ch and 31 verse.

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.


Ending Location:  Near Raleigh, North Carolina


Approximate Movement During April, 1865

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