Sherman, who thought he had ended the war, was surprised by the response he received from Washington. The Union commander had to inform Johnston that their ceasefire would end on April 26 if new military conditions were not met. On that day, the commanders of the opposing army met again in Durham Station and reached an agreement limited to military matters. Now that political issues were not in the conditions, Grant, sent to make sure Sherman did it well this time, quickly agreed, thus accepting the capitulation of the largest confederal force that still existed. Sherman told Grant and Stanton that “I will accept the same conditions that General Grant gave to General Lee and that I will be careful not to complicate the points of civil policy.” Sherman was convinced that his agreement with Johnston would end the war. In his letter of motivation addressed heavily to Grant or Halleck, Sherman argued that “if the agreement is approved by the President of the United States, the agreement will create peace from the Potomac to the Rio Grande.” The Confederacy ceasefire agreement began with the Army of Northern Virginia ceasefire agreement on April 9 at General Robert E. Lee`s Appomattox Court House and ended with the Shenandoah Ceasefire Agreement on November 6, 1865, ending hostilities in the American Civil War.  Grant Lee`s agreement served not only as a signal that the South had lost the war, but also as a model for the rest of the subsequent capitulations. On August 20, 1866, President Johnson announced the end of the American Civil War: “And I announce that the insurrection in question is over and that peace, order, calm, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the United States of America.” After President Johnson accepted the new Texas Constitution, which imposed limited civil rights on blacks but refused to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, on the grounds that the abolition of slavery was already a federal law, a national election was held in June. On August 9, Conservative Unionist James Webb Throckmorton was inaugurated as governor.
(He was removed from office the following year because of his opposition to reconstruction.) Appomattox was undoubtedly a decisive victory for the Union and Grant`s peace agreement with Lee would provide a plan for other generals throughout the country. So why did it take so long for the war to officially end afterwards? On August 20, 1866, in recognition of the new Texas government, Johnson was finally able to announce that “this insurrection is over and that peace, order, calm, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the United States of America.” Its proclamation may have meant that the civil war, by any definition, was finally over – but the laborious process of reconstruction had only just begun. Later this summer, the president said the insurgency in Texas had been suppressed. The president acknowledged that “military arrangements have been made to enforce the execution of acts of Congress, support civilian authorities, and ensure obedience to the Constitution and laws of the United States in the state of Texas.” The Indian tribes of Indian territory understood that the Confederacy could no longer fulfill its obligations to them. That is why the Camp Napoleon Council was called upon to negotiate an agreement to present a united front while negotiating a return of their loyalty to the United States. Indian tribes further west, many of whom were also at war with U.S. troops, were also invited to participate, and some of them did.  On April 12, in North Carolina, Johnston and his men received news of Lee`s surrender. The next day, the general conquered William T. Sherman Raleigh`s Union cavalry and pushed Johnston`s troops westward.
Under Sherman`s relentless pressure, Johnston reached out to talk about the conditions of peace.