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Chapter 17: Tennessee campaign Franklin Nashville retreat Tupelo return to Richmond surrender at Natchez, Mississippi. At early dawn the troops were put in motion in the direction of Franklin, marching as rapidly as possible to over-take the enemy before he crossed the Big Harpeth, eighteen miles from Sprin
ceived the painful intelligence of Lee's surrender.
Nevertheless, I continued my journey, and about the last of April reached the Mississippi, in the vicinity of Natchez.
Here I remained with my staff and escort, using vain endeavors to cross this mighty river, until after the receipt of positive information of General E. Kirby S render.
During this interim we were several times hotly chased by Federal cavalry through the wood and canebrake.
Finally, on the 31st of May, 1865, I rode into Natchez and proffered my sword to Major General Davidson, of the United States Army.
He courteously bade me retain it, paroled the officers and men in company with me, a