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Kirby Smith to T.J. Sprague, May 1865 (undated)

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Kirby Smith to T.J. Sprague, May 1865

It must also be conceded, on the other
hand, that they desire to maintain their
honor, with which life would lose its
attractions. As the commander of the
military forces[,] I cannot accept terms
which will purchase a certain degree
of immunity from devastation, at the
expense of the honor of its army[.]

While we do not expect to rise,
unaided, the independence of the Country,
it must be conceded that the army can
be beaten & the country overrun only
after great & expensive preparations
by the United States—affording
opportunities for the development of political combinations which it is the interest
of the United States to avoid.

If there is [to] be an object on
the one hand to avoid the devasta-
tion of our Country, it is equally
an object on the part of the United
States, to bring about the complete
pacification of the Country, & the
restoration of their authority
without cost to themselves, & without
incurring the risk of political
complications.

It is thought that a proper course
on the part of the United States
Government would accomplish this
result.

An army which is well appointed
& supplied, not immediately
threatened, & with its communications

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

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