||The two paragraph version of the order, written in A.P. Mason's hand, is in the possession of the National Archives. It, along with Chilton's letterbook copy (ten paragraphs) was held by the Adjutant General's office in Richmond until Petersburg fell. At that point the Adjutant General, Samuel Cooper, had these documents along with his entire office files placed in a wagon train and sent to Goldsboro NC where they were captured by Sherman advancing from South Carolina.
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