infantry refused to cross the river at Shreveport
lest they should be surrendered.
After it had been agreed by Shelby
and his supporters that the Confederates
would not surrender but should concentrate on the Brazos
and continue the war, Shelby
went back to Marshall
and put himself at the head of his division to return to Shreveport
But before he got there, the army was formally surrendered.
then determined to go to Mexico
Confusion reigned supreme.
The army had been surrendered.
There was neither civil nor military authority to hold the lawless elements in check.
His men had the choice to go with him or return to their homes.
About 500 went with him. But there was no relaxation of discipline.
As he passed through the State
he protected the people in all their rights—protected them from the lawlessness of their own disbanded soldiers.
At San Antonio
he took under his protection Gen. Kirby Smith
, General Magruder
, General Price
, General Hindman
, Governor Reynolds
, Governor Allen
and Governor Murrah
, beside a number of other civil and military officers, gave them a guard of honor and escorted them out of the country; and when he and his command crossed the Rio Grande
at Eagle Pass
, the rear guard—the last vestige—of the Confederate army disappeared