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[416] they observe that obligation and the laws in force where they reside.

For these objects, duplicate muster-rolls will be made immediately, and, after the distribution of the necessary papers, the troops will march under their officers to their respective States, and there be disbanded; all retaining personal property.

The object of the convention is pacification, to the extent of the authority of the commanders who made it.

Events in Virginia, which broke every hope of success by war, imposed on its General the duty of sparing the blood of this gallant army, and of saving our country from further devastation, and our people from ruin.

General Sherman published it to the Federal army, in his field-order No. 66, on the same day:

Hostilities having ceased, the following changes and dispositions of the troops in the field will be made with as little delay as practicable:

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