Confederate States having been compelled to make terms with the enemy, it has become necessary that he should disband his command. The officers and men will be allowed to return to their homes, where they will remain peaceably and quietly, until called forth again by the proper authorities. He offers his profound thanks to those who have remained with him to the last. Though their labors have not met with present success, they will carry with them the proud consciousness of having done their whole duty to their country, and of having laid down their arms only when they could be of no further service to the cause to which their lives were so freely devoted. With the kindest wishes for their future welfare, he bid them farewell.
And the following to each commanding officer in the force, mutatis mutandis, to-wit:
Captain Louis H. Webb, Co. A, Thirteenth Battalion North Carolina Artillery:Captain: You will please present the thanks of the brigadier-general commanding to the following-named officers and men of your company, wbo have courageously remained at the post of duty until the last moment, and who have not feared to trust their safety to him in the hour of adversity. He has done all he can for these brave men, and only surrenders them when it would be folly and madness to continue longer in arms: Captain L. H. Webb, First Lieutenant H. P. Home, Sergeant T. G. Skinner, Sergeant J. G. Latham, Corporal L. W. McMullan, Privates James M. Mullen, Alphonso White, Peter McMillan, A. J. Baker, J. A. Jacocks, Daniel Morrison, Nathaniel Hathaway, Richard Bogue, Walter J. Webb, Charles Barber, Thomas H. Snowden, Wm. H. Whedbee, R. W. Happer, and George W. Fentress. I have the honor to be very respectfully, Your obedient servant,
James C. Mcrae, A. A. G.