Reprinted in George Baylor, Bull Run to Bull Run: Four Years In the Army of Northern Virginia... (Richmond, VA: B.F. Johnson Publishers, 1900), 341.
The troops under his command
John Osborne, Dickinson College
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Fauquier, April 21, 1865.
Soldiers, — I have summoned you together for the last time. The vision that we have cherished of a free and independent country has vanished, and that country is now the spoil of the conqueror. I disband your organization in preference to surrendering it to our enemies. I am no longer your commander. After an association of more than two eventful years, I part from you with a just pride in the fame of your achievements and grateful recollections of your generous kindness to myself. And now at this moment, in bidding you a final adieu, accept the assurance of my unchanging confidence and regards. Farewell.
J. S. Mosby, Colonel.