The Civil War in Texas: An Exhibit from the Texas State Library and Archives

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Jefferson Davis to Pendleton Murrah, February 25, 1865

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Jefferson Davis to Governor Murrah, February 1865

Richmond Va
Feby 25th 1865.

His Excellency
P Murrah
Governor of the State of Texas.


I have the honor to
acknowledge the receipt of your favor calling my
attention to a communication addressed to you by
Col. JB Robertson touching the furloughing of the “Texas
Brigade” serving with the army of Northern Virginia, and
in pressing your own desire that the command shall be
permitted to return to Texas for the purpose of recruiting etc.

Deeply sensible of the
continued and important services rendered the Country
by that gallant and veteran band it would have been
most gratifying to me to accord with your views in allowing
them to return to their homes where they might recuperate
and again rejoin the army of N. Va. to render additional
service to their Country. [T]o this end your letter was
referred by me to Genl Robert E. Lee. For you
information I give you the answer of Genl Lee in his
own words.

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Jefferson Davis to Pendleton Murrah, February 25, 1865. Records of Governor Pendleton Murrah.

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