a ‘convention’ with Sherman
, and soon after the news of this had reached Gen. Richard Taylor
, he met General Canby
, and was courteously entertained.
A truce of two days was agreed upon and hostilities ceased.
A week later came almost simultaneously notice of the repudiation of the ‘convention’ and the renewal of hostilities, and General Taylor
again met General Canby
to arrange terms of capitulation.
This last important surrender of the great war was made at Citronelle, Ala.
, May 4, 1865.
In due time the men at Meridian
were paroled, and officers and soldiers who had been up to that time engaged in deadly combat made friendly acquaintance and parted in peace.
's advice was asked for and relied upon by General Canby
, in regard to disposition of his forces to preserve order and protect the restoration of trade and industry.
‘What years of discord, bitterness, injustice and loss would not our country have been spared,’ wrote General Taylor
, ‘had the wounds of war healed by “first intention” under the gentle ministration of the hands that fought the battles?
But the task was allotted to ambitious partisans, most of whom had not heard the sound of a gun. As of old, the Lion
and the Bear
fight openly and sturdily—the stealthy Fox
carries off the prize.’
The records show that there were in the Confederate armies from Mississippi
the following commands:
49 Infantry Regiments.
15 Infantry Battalions.
24 Cavalry Regiments.
16 Cavalry Battalions.
1 Regiment Cavalry Reserves.
7 Regiments State Troops.
3 Battalions State Troops.
8 Battalions State Cavalry.
1 Mixed Regiment, Mississippi, Alabama
1 Mixed Battalion, Mississippi
I Mixed Mississippi
and Alabama Cavalry Battalion.