This was eleven days after the death by assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln.
From North Carolina, CS President Jefferson Davis, hoping to keep the war going, fled and was later captured in Georgia.
All that remained to surrender were in the "Western" Confederacy or on the high seas.
If Johnston had heeded Jefferson Davis, the war would have degenerated universally into a bloody guerrilla war and may have dragged on for another year or so, with the same end result only adding more death and destruction.
Today's Rune: Gateway.