Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The house where Joe Johnston slept
Knowing the gig was almost up, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston wintered at the Dickson Home in Hillsborough, N.C. I swung by the house Monday, which has been moved a couple miles to the downtown area of the quaint city. Johnston wintered here in March 1865, and was in the vicinity when Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va.. Despite orders from Confederate President Jefferson Davis to fight on, Johnston rode east from Hillsborough toward Durham and met Union Gen. William T. Sherman at Bennett Place. He surrendered 89,270 Southern troops who were still active in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. This was the largest surrender of troops during the war, and effectively ended the Civil War.