joy, on the weary and toiling march, no wonder that their hearts were linked together in bands of steel with ties unspeakable, inexpressible.
No wonder the parting wrung their souls with torturing agony.’
The soldiers in other localities disbanded in the same manner.
Then the roads all over the State
were filled with soldiers marching to their homes, and the doors of every house in their passing were opened to supply their wants.
This vast confused movement passing in review brought to the mind of the beholder feelings of sorrow for the lost cause, and produced a sad despondency regarding the present and a dire dread of the future.
Still, not an instance of violence or of wrong done by a returning soldier was heard of in all this homeward movement.
, learning that the camps were broken up, dispatched Col. Ashbel Smith
and W. P. Ballinger
to New Orleans to inform General Canby
that the Texas
troops were discharged and that no further resistance was intended.
The terms of surrender signed by S. B. Buckner
, and chief of staff for Gen. Kirby Smith
, and by P. J. Osterhaus
, and chief of staff for Major-General Canby
, on the 26th of May, 1865, provided for acts of war on the part of the troops to cease, the officers and men to be paroled, and ‘allowed to return to their homes with the assurance that they will not be disturbed, so long as they obey the conditions of their parole and the laws in force where they reside.’
Other stipulations about the property and arms need not be recounted, for the arms, except cannon, were carried off by the men. As all who had been in the Confederate army had not been present to be paroled, a short time afterward places were appointed at which this could be done, superintended by Federal officers.
Then the roads were again filled with travel to and from those places for several weeks, while the same peaceful good order prevailed throughout the State
For more than three months there was an interregnum