Hampton Roads Conference
(Feb. 3, 1865) Informal and unsuccessful peace talks at Hampton Roads, Va., during the American Civil War. Pres. Abraham Lincoln agreed to meet with the Confederate vice president, Alexander H. Stephens, to reach a peace settlement. Lincoln's terms called for a reunion of the nation, emancipation of the slaves, and disbanding of Confederate troops. Since Stephens had been authorized to accept independence only, no settlement was reached.
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