These papers General Scott
enclosed to Governor Anderson
, and, in a private note, requested Governor Anderson
to exhibit the paper to General Twiggs
and Colonel Lee
especially, and to such other officers of the army as he might deem advisable.
The paper was left with Twiggs
and with Lee
, each retaining it for several days.
Some time after General Lee
had read and returned these papers to Governor Anderson
, the arrangement had been made by which the army of the United States in Texas
was surrendered to the Committee
of Vigilance, consisting of Messrs. Maverick
, all of which, being a part of the general history
of the times, is not necessary to be detailed here.
After this surrender, General Lee
, with the other army officers, being out of service, were leaving the Department of Texas.
This committee applied to him to resign his position in the army of the United States and to take command of the Confederate
troops in Texas
This he had declined to do, expressing his determination to await the action of Virginia
as his sole guide of duty in this tremendous emergency.
He was thereupon informed by the committee that he could not make use of the wagons and mules under his command for transportation to the sea coast.
At this time Governor Anderson
again met Colonel Lee
. Colonel Lee
informed him of what had occurred, and expressed deep indignation at the treatment he had received, regarding it as a most insulting indignity; but no indignities nor the anger or the grief produced by them, whether received from friends or others, seemed capable of moving the firmness of his conscientious purpose.
In that interview he stated to Governor Anderson
that it was his purpose to go to Washington
, and that he should there await the action of his native State of Virginia
, saying that his action would be governed solely by hers.
should stand by the Union
and the old flag, he would stand with her. If Virginia
should secede, he would go with her, for weal or woe.
Leaving all his chattle property in charge of Governor Anderson
, to be forwarded to him in Washington
, they parted—not to meet again.
The war moved on with that rapidity that astonished even those who participated in it. Governor Anderson
was subsequently confined in prison in Texas
The paper of General Scott