The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 250
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Buckner, of the C. S. Army, on the part of yourself, and Major-
General Osterhaus, U. S. Army, on the part of Major-General
Canby. The inclosed letter from General Canby explains this more
fully. I have here also the copy of the terms agreed upon by
Generals Buckner and Osterhaus and approved by General Canby,
which awaits your approval and signiture [sic]. I will meet you at
the time and place you may choose to appoint.7'
On June 2, E. Kirby Smith joined E. J. Davis at Galveston to
sign the surrender terms which had already been signed by Major-
General E. R. S. Canby on May 26. Kirby Smith reported to Davis
that a complete disorganization of Confederate forces west of the
Mississippi had commenced about May 2o, and on June 5 the
Union flag was raised at Galveston."6
With Kirby Smith's signature on the surrender terms, Davis
proceeded back to New Orleans according to his orders. Having
done light service around Fort Hudson and Vidalia, the First
Texas Volunteer Cavalry was given its final assignment. It was
ordered on June 29 to the Military District of the Southwest for
duty under Major-General Philip H. Sheridan in Texas, where
it was mustered out of service on November 4, i865.77
Texan had fought Texan, and the following years were to prove
that Kirby Smith's surrender to Canby did not end all ill
feeling brought on by that fact. Texans today generally consider
themselves a part of the South and are proud that Texas was a
part of the Confederacy. But in the interest of history it should
be recognized that not all Texans of 1861-1865 wanted the Confed-
eracy, and that many did their utmost to bring about its end.
76Davis to Smith, May 31, 1865, ibid., Ser. I, Vol. XLVIII, Pt. II, 693.
76Davis to Christensen [no date], ibid., 775; Stanton to Seward, June 23, 1865,
77Special Orders, No. 173, June 29, 1865, ibid., lo25; Dyer, A Compendium of the
War of the Rebellion, 1647. Dyer actually says the First Texas was mustered out on
November 4, 1864, but this is undoubtedly an error, and 1865 is intended.
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