Union Colonel H. B. Reed, commanding at Staunton, writes Confederate Colonel W. P. Thompson in April, 1865, to inform him of surrender terms.
Col. W. P. THOMPSON,
Cmdg. Jackson's Brigade, Lomax's Division, &c.:
April 30, 1865.
I have had the honor to receive at the hands of Capt. Silcott, with flag of truce, a communication for you asking upon what terms you can surrender troops under your command. I beg to say in reply, that the United States Government will receive your command upon the same terms given to the Army of Northern Virginia, viz, officers and men to give their parole of honor not to take up arms against the United States until exchanged; all arms, horses, and public property to be turned over to the United States, officers to retain their side-arms, private horses, and personal baggage.
I have the honor to remain, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. B. REED,
Col., Twenty-second New York Cav., Cmdg. U. S. Forces at Staunton.
Bibliographic Information : Letter Reproduced from The War of The Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 46, Serial No. 95, Pages 1323, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.