On April 16 Sam preached at Hopewell and learned that a cavalry detachment was

On april 16 sam preached at hopewell and learned that

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The hunters and the hunted would soon end their desperate game. On April 16 Sam preached at Hopewell and learned that a cavalry detachment was nearby chasing deserters and seizing horses. This was the last time he ever heard of such an outfit in his vicinity. On May 3, he visited Baldwyn and spoke with an army officer posted there. This was the last evidence of Con- federate authority he ever saw. Well before spring turned to summer, the war ended and the Confederate States of America ceased to exist. 21 Sam chronicled the death of the Confederacy meticulously. On April 11 he talked to a man who had just returned from a trading trip to Tennessee. The man swore he had seen a Northern newspaper, dated the sixth, that told of “the evacuation of Richmond by Lee and its occupation by the Yankees.” His story was so convincing that Sam was not inclined to dismiss it as he did most rumors. Two days passed before Sam heard anything more. “The fall of Richmond is confirmed,” he wrote. There was also a report that Lee had moved his army south “and torn Sherman all to pieces,” but this he thought dubious. “When disasters come there must be some good news to be manu- factured to solace the people. Bitter pills are considerably improved by sweetening.” 22 As the warm days of mid-April succeeded one another and the woods turned a deep green, Sam interrogated everyone he met more intently than ever, but news was agonizingly slow to come. Not until the seventeenth, when he spoke with a passer-by on the road near his house, did he learn more. The man had heard that Northern papers were reporting “the surren- der of Lee with 25,000 men on the 9th.” The papers apparently gave “minute details of the affair,” Sam noted, “and from this I fear that it is all too true.” By the nineteenth he had heard enough to convince him that Lee’s army was gone. “This is the severest blow the Confederacy has received yet . . . . What our leaders will do remains to be seen.” 23 He was more skeptical when he heard a rumor on April 21 that President Lincoln had been assassinated. By the twenty-fourth he was pretty much per- suaded, but conflicting stories about that and everything else continued to circulate. Many people he talked to refused to believe that Lee had capitu- lated. “Things are in a mighty ‘jumble’ at this time.” 24 By the end of the first week of May the truth could no longer be denied. It was certain that not only Lee’s army but all Confederate forces east of the Mississippi had surrendered. The Confederate government was defunct, and Jefferson Davis and other officials were on the run. “[T]he Confederacy,”
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81 SAMUEL AGNEW Sam declared, “is dead . . . . Confed. currency is now worthless. Thus ends a war in which the South has gained nothing and lost millions of property and thousands of precious lives.” 25 By the second week of May returning rebel soldiers could be seen trudg- ing along Tippah County’s roads. Through the remainder of the spring hardly a day passed that Sam did not encounter one or more. The first he met were men of the commands that surrendered in Mississippi and Al-
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