Despite these losses, the Bennetts would soon find themselves in the middle of what became the largest troop surrender of the Civil war when General Joseph E. Johnston of the Confederacy, and General William T. Sherman of the Union knocked on the door of Bennett Place to negotiate terms. The Bennett family agreed to allow the two generals and their men to use their farm and retreated to the kitchen house to allow the generals to use the Bennett Home in private.
Johnston was able to reassemble what was left of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, which had been dismantled due to the Battles of Franklin and Nashville. He began to move his soldiers north. Sherman was also rallying his soldiers and moving them into position through the Carolina. Johnston's men were attempting to reach Virginia in order to join forces with General Robert E. Lee. Both Johnston and Sherman were pitted against each other from Hillsborough and Raleigh in northern North Carolina. Word eventually reached both the Union and Confederate troops that Lee surrendered to General Grant on April 9th, 1965.
Once Richmond fell to a Union stronghold, President Jefferson Davis fled to the south. He spoke to General Johnston and demanded that he and his men continue to fight even if that meant using some guerrilla war tactics. Johnston knew that he would not be able to defeat both Grant and Sherman's armies and he was unwilling to resort to guerrilla war tactics. It was because of this that he agreed to meet with General Sherman. Both generals met in an open field and looked for a home that was a private location for them to discuss the terms of surrender. They met on April 17, 1865, and traveled west to find a group of houses that Johnston had passed on his way in. They were turned down by the first home; however the Bennett's were gracious and allowed Johnston and Sherman to use their home.
April 18, 1865, General Johnston agreed to the negotiations and surrendered the Army of Tennessee. The terms set forth by Sherman were considered to be too lax after the Lincoln assassination and Washington officials demanded that Johnston be forced to agree to new terms. Both generals met for a second time on April 26, 1865, to discuss the new surrender terms passed down through Washington D.C. The new terms included the surrender of all Confederate forces located in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. This number was approximately 89,270 soldiers in all. The original home where General Sherman and Johnston discussed the negotiations collapsed from weathering and natural causes, as the family had abandoned the farm after the war. However, it has since been reconstructed using sketches that had been created in 1865.
In 1923 and with the support of the state legislature, the Unity monument was dedicated to celebrate the reunification of the North and South. One of several monuments dedicated in the early 1900s in this spirit, the monument appears to have aroused the ire of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a women's organization dedicated to vindicating the antebellum South and the Confederacy. While the UDC's publication Confederate Veteran noted the dedication of even the most modest Confederate monument, it made no mention of this monument celebrating national reconciliation.