There was no room for hesitancy.
Folly and madness combined would not have justified an attempt to prolong a hopeless contest.
was informed that I desired to meet him for the purpose of negotiating a surrender
of my forces, and that Commodore Farrand
, commanding the armed vessels in the Alabama river
, desired to meet Rear Admiral Thatcher
for a similar purpose.
Citronville, some forty miles north of Mobile
, was the appointed place; and there, in the early days of May, 1865, the great war virtually ended.
After this, no hostile gun was fired, and the authority of the United States
was supreme in the land.
Conditions of surrender were speedily determined, and of a character to soothe the pride of the vanquished-officers to retain side-arms, troops to turn in arms and equipments to their own ordnance officers, so of the quartermaster and commissary stores; the Confederate
cotton agent for Alabama
to settle his accounts with the Treasury Agent
of the United States
; muster-rolls to be prepared, etc.; transportation to be provided for the men. All this under my control and supervision.
Here a curious incident may be mentioned.
At an early period of the war, when Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston
retired to the south of the Tennessee river
, Isham G. Harris
, accompanied him, taking, at the same time, the coin from the vaults of the State Bank of Tennessee
, at Nashville
This coin, in the immediate charge of a bonded officer of the bank, had occasioned much solicitude to the Governor
in his many wanderings.
He appealed to me to assist in the restoration of the coin to the bank.
At my request, General Canby
detailed an officer and escort, and the money reached the bank intact.
The condition of the people of Alabama
was at this time deplorable.
The waste of war had stripped large areas of the necessaries of life.
In view of this, I suggested to General Canby
that his troops, sent to the interior, should be limited to the number required for the preservation of order, and be stationed at points where supplies were more abundant.
That trade would soon be established between soldiers and people-furnishing the latter with currency, of which they were destitute-and friendly relations promoted.
These suggestions were adopted, and a day or two thereafter, at Meridian
, a note was received from General Canby
, inclosing copies of orders to Generals Granger
, commanding army corps, by which it appeared these officers were directed to call on me for, and conform to, advice relative to movements of their troops.