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art of the history of his military career is contained in the following pages, written from authenticated notes and documents, vouched for and furnished by General Beauregard himself, and to which this is but an introduction.
When, after voluntarily assisting General J. E. Johnston, during the last days of the war, he surrendered with that distinguished officer, in April, 1865, at Greensboroa, North Carolina, he addressed the following touching note to the members of his staff:
Headquarters, etc., etc., Greensboroa, N. C., April 27th, 1865.
To any Personal and General Staff,—Events having brought to an end the struggle for the independence of our country, in which we have been engaged together, now for four years, my relations with my staff must also terminate.
The hour is at hand when I must bid each and all of you farewell, and a Godspeed to your homes.
The day was, when I was confident that this parting would be under far different and the most auspicious circumst