January: The 33rd continued the march to Tupelo and arrived on
the 9th. For the remainder of the month they remained in north
February: Around the 1st, the few remaining members of the 33rd
were ordered to reinforce Gen. Johnston in the Carolinas. They were
transported by rail to Augusta, GA. Then on the 25th, they marched to
March: On the 18th, the 33rd stationed near Smithfield, NC,
marched, in a southeasterly direction to Bentonville and camped. For the
next three days they were active in the efforts to stop the Federal
Returns for the 31st show that Maj.-Gen. Edward C. Walthall was in
command of Stewart's Corps; Featherston's Brigade was commanded by Maj.
Martin A. Oatis, and the 33rd was under the command of Lt. George B.
Lenoir (Co. E).
April: The Confederate forces were so depleted that regiments
could not muster enough men to even be called a company. On the 9th,
what was left of the 33rd was consolidated with the 1st Mississippi,
22nd Mississippi, and First Mississippi Battalion and became known as
the 22nd Mississippi Regiment, with Col. Martin A. Oatis commanding.
Hostilities were suspended on the 18th, the army was surrendered on the
26th near Durham Station, and the men of the 33rd were
paroled at Greensboro. Soon, they
were on their way home.
During their retirement years, seventeen members
resided at the Jefferson Davis Soldiers Home at Beauvoir in Biloxi, MS.
"You will return to your homes with the admiration of our people,
won by the courage and noble devotion you have displayed in this
long war. I shall always remember with pride the loyal support and
generous confidence you have given me."
Gen. J.E. Johnston, May 2, 1865
For more information see
Dr. Sidney W. Bondurant's
of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry