Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:25 | Written by complied by James Johnson
The Register and Advertiser Harrisonburg, VA April 14, 1865
SURRENDER OF GEN. LEE'S ARMY We are sorry to announce that, for the present, at least, our means for perpetuating the unequal struggle we have so long tarried on with the Federal Armies have become exhausted, and we have been obliged to yield to the forcc of uncontrollable circumstances.
Our noble Army of Virginia, the pride, the joy, and the defense of ourpeople, has been obliged after all their toil privations and heroic sufferings, to yield to the combined power of the Federal Armies .
This event occurred at Appomattox C. H., Va., on sunday morning last, about 10 o'clock.
It was unavoidable, as our Army were out of provisions and ammunition. Our forces were surrendered by Gen. Longstreet our gallant fellows fighting up to the very hour of surrender. It was a painful thing for our battle scarred heroes to capitulate and surrender their arms and their colors but fortunes of war were against us, and we had to yield.
Our soldiers were paroled on the field, and are returning to their homes in large numbers. The surrender of our Virginia Army darkens our future; but we still hope and trust in God, who will not desert us if we trust in him. Our people must now be more than ever kind, and forbearing, and generous towards each other. We must stand by each other. We must do our utmost to preserve law and order. We must protect each other from lawless violence.
The safety of one now is the guarantee of the safety of all. There ought to be, there must be, no division of sentiment amongst us. Let us show to the world the sublime spectacle of a people united more firmly by unavoidable calamities and misfortunes. Our enemies will respect and admire us if we exhibit the spirit of true and brave men in this day of darkness for the Confederacy.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:18 | Written by complied by James Johnson
The Register and Advertiser Harrisonburg, VA April 7, 1865
FALSE ALARMS.— On several occasions during the past few days our community has been thrown into a tremor of excitement by flying reports that the Yankees were coming up the Valley.
In a few hours, however, some "reliable gentleman" would arrive from below, bringing a contradiction of the reports, and order would again "reign in Warsaw." The most mischievous of these ' rumors was brought to town on Sunday evening last, by some " John Gilpin" bearer of dispatches from New Market, who reported that the enemy, 500 strong, had reached that place, and would be here in a short time.
The writer happened to be at the M. Church South, when this silly report was put in circulation. The minister was delivering a very impressive discourse from the text, " What is truth? " when some one entered and whispered to a Friend, " The Yankees are coming " and that friend whispered it to his next neighbor, and in a few moment almost everybody in the church had heard the news, and the sudden exit of the more timid created quite a buzz of excitement among the congregation; and to cap the climax of this folly, a gentleman came in and suggested that it would be best to discontinue the exercises, in consequence of the tremendous wave of excitement which was then rolling over the community, threatening to engulf in its foaming surges our temporal and eternal interests!
If "The King of France, with ten thousand men, had "marched up the hill and then marched down again," a greater furor of excitement could not have existed than seemed to pervade the congregation at this juncture.
The preacher discontinued his excellent elucidation of truth, under the pressure of this false report, and dismissed congregation. On Monday, after diligent inquiry, it was ascertained to a certainty that the Yankees had been as far up as Woodstock, on Sunday evening, and retreated rather precipitately, shortly after going into camp, for reasons elsewhere given.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:08 | Written by complied by James Johnson
Janesville Gazette, April 14, 1865
Mr. Beecher in his address to his congregation before leaving them to go to Charleston, said :
1 have taught you to believe that the whole Union was indispensable to the honor of the country. We did not care to see the North prosperous, and great and healthy, and the South feeble, impoverished and weakened by excesses. We are bondsmen for the welfare and prosperity of the country, not of New England, or any other section.
The exigencies of our country require us to do a thousand-fold more than ever. Before; and first let us take care that we do not full into the easy sinof vengeance under the plea of justice. Few-men can afford to be just until they the learn to love. I hear many men say this war ought not to be ended until the principal traitors are hung, and that a sour apple tree to take the place of Hangman's gallows should swing the arch traitor Jeff Davis.
If Mr. Davis was my lawful prey to-night, I would do by him as I did by another wasp yesterday.
I saw the fellow on my door in the country, and was just about to smash him, when 1 said what's the use. It's not at all probable he and I will meet again, and I'll let him go. That's what I'd do with Jeff Davis. Let him go away where he will be by himself, powerless to injure us and of no particular account to anybody else.
And if I had my way after the close of fighting I would not let one drop of blood be spilled, and then I could say to the world that this great civil war has been ended as none other ever was.
Ought there not to be a terrible spectacle of retribution? say some. In mercy's name, has not there not been blood enough? Is not the penalty already sped. God's vengeance, patent enough? We don't want any more vengeance.