The Charlotte News
Saturday, April 24, 1948
On April 26, 1865, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to Union General William Sherman at Bennett Place
To the north, in Port Royal, Virginia, John Wilkes Booth, earlier on the same date, was cornered in a barn on Garrett's farm and shot through the neck by a soldier peeking through the wood slats as the barn burned after being set on fire by the soldiers to force the exit of Booth, died about three hours later.
Fifty years ago yesterday, on Sunday, April 25, 1965, Vice-President Hubert Humphrey spoke at Bennett Place to commemorate the centennial of the surrender.
It did not, incidentally, take place on April 27, a Tuesday. We know, for we were there, a very pleasant spring afternoon. General Sherman tipped his hat and said hello. Gen'ral Johnston was in foul humor and only grimaced.
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