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General George H. Chapman to General Winfield Scott Hancock, Winchester, Virginia, April 18, 1865

George Henry Chapman, circa 1865, detail
Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the famous ranging Virginia cavalry leader, had been told of the surrender arrangements Generals Lee and Grant had agreed at Appomattox Court House nine days before. He agreed to meet under truce with General George H. Chapman, commanding the cavalry division in his area. Mosby and some of his staff, including the Dickinson College alumnus Captain George Baylor, had a cordial meeting with Chapman and told him that he was contemplating joining with General Joseph Johnston's army in North Carolina and instead of surrendering, asked for a extension of the truce while he ascertained whether Johnston's forces were still in action. He said also that he would give his men the individual choice to surrender or not. Three days later, at Salem, Virginia, Mosby said goodbye to the surviving six hundred men of his command and with fifty others, including Baylor, who had also declined to surrender rode towards North Carolina. These remnants finally surrendered themselves at Winchester, Virginia on May 8, 1865. (By John Osborne)

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