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

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Kirby Smith to T.J. Sprague, May 15, 1865

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Kirby Smith to T.J. Sprague, May 1865


state officers.

The Governors so assembled have,
after consideration, presented certain
measure which they deem necessary
to the public order and the proper
serenity of their people, and which
if accepted, would authorize me to re-
linquish further resistance.

Gov. Allen of La., with whom you
had conferences before the meeting, is
fully informed of the views entertained
by himself and the Governors of the
other states. Believing it to be the
most expeditious way to arrive at a
definite understanding as to the course
to be pursued, it is desired that
he should accompany you for the
purpose of presenting to the proper au-
thorities the terms for their consideration.

In the event that the terms proposed
by the Governors should be accepted by
the authorities of the U.S., I should
deem it my duty to support those

It is expected in the event of the
propositions conveyed by Govr Allen

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Kirby Smith to T.J. Sprague, May 15, 1865. Records of the Adjutant General, General Correspondence, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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