Cumberland Gap, April 21, 1865.
Captain E. B. HARLAN,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters, Louisville:
CAPTAIN: The rebels who are to surrender to me are a part of the West Virginia army. Are they entitled to the same conditions on which General Lee surrendered?
W. Y. DILLARD,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF KENTUCKY,
Louisville, Ky., April 21, 1865.
Colonel W. Y. DILLARD, Cumberland Gap:
Cumberland Gap belongs to this department. You will accept the surrender of any rebel forces who have been operating in Kentucky only upon condition that they give up to be restored to the owners all horses pressed from the people, and all men who have [been] guilty of crimes against rules of war to be tried.
By command of Major-General Palmer:
E. B. HARLAN,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Macon, Ga., April 21, 1865.
Major General E. R. S. CANBY,
Commanding Mil. Div. of West Mississippi, near Mobile, Ala..
GENERAL: This place surrendered to me last night unconditionally. Major-Generals Cobb, G. W. Smith, and Brigadier-Generale Mackall, with 1,500 militia, are prisoners. Since arriving here I have received through General Cobb a copy of an official dispatch from General J. E. Johnston declaring the existence of an armistice between the troops under his command and those under General Sherman for the purpose of arranging terms of agreement between the belligerent. General Cobb has also received a dispatch him to communicate this information to General Taylor, who is requested to solicit and extension of its to your forces and his own. My own impression is that it is not contemplated by our authorities that a general armistice should be declared, or that its terms should apply to your or my forces. There is no doubt, however, that General Lee and his army are prisoners of war, and that General Johnston is in command of the Confederate forces. I have telegraphic communication through the rebel lines and General Beauregard's headquarters to Goldsborough, N. C., and have sent a message to General Sherman.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. H. WILSON,
HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,
Mobile, Ala., April 21, 1865.
A. H. RYLAND, G. HORTON, R. L. WATKINS, DANIEL WHEELER, A. L. POPE, JOHN HURTER, and DANIEL McNEILE,
Members of the Board of Mobile School Commissioners:
GENTLEMEN: The general-in-chief directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of this date in relation to the school