This Week in the Civil War - #1092
On Sunday, May 13, 1865 at Marshall, Texas the Confederate governors of Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and a representative of Texas met with Confederate General E. Kirby Smith and other ranking officers. Marshall, the seat of the Missouri, Confederate government-in-exile, was important to the Confederacy. Towards the end of the Civil War Richmond had $9 million in Treasury notes and $3 million in postage stamps shipped to Marshall, inferring that Marshall was the intended destination of Jefferson Davis’ westward journey. During the meeting General Jo Shelby and others threatened to arrest Smith unless he continued the Southern war effort. However, the governors disagreed, urging Smith to accept any liberal surrender terms, if they could be procured. Smith would hold out until the end of the month before surrendering his forces.