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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

under the circumstances, that it is
difficult to conceive of any objection
with regard to them.

1st
The United States Authority to grant
immunity from prosecution for past
acts to all officers & soldiers &
citizens in the Trans Miss Dept.

2nd
On the granting of this immunity
all military ____[?] to the
United States Government to cease.

3rd
The Confederate army to be dis-
banded & its officers & soldiers to
be permitted to return to their
homes, transportation to be
furnished as far as practicable

4th
Such officers & soldiers as ____[?]
will be permitted without molesta-
tion to leave the country, with or
without their arms, in a reasonable
time.

5th
The same permission to be granted
to citizens.

Many examples of history teach
that the more generous the terms

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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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