Replacements were needed badly for the remainder of the war for this brigade and none to any extent came. These exchanged soldier did not return to the Trans Mississippi Department no matter what the protocol between the various departments were supposed to be to do so. Nor was there any realistically way they could have done so. So they were sent to Tennessee instead. All it would have taken to have retained them in Virginia was an order from Samuel Cooper and or Sec of War Randolph. It had been done before by lessor command authorities as I pointed out with Albert Johnston and Earl Van Dorn. I will admit that Van Dorn was agreeable to that Transfer for his own personel reason because he wanted to return to his own home state of Mississippi.
So it still seems to indicate to me that the Virginia authorities were really not interested in keeping these troops. Yet they were begging for other troops from Texas to be sent at the same time. The funny thing about it was that half of these Texas men (the 6th, 24th and 25th Texas) had in fact been three of the seven regiments who, it had been at one time agreed, were to be sent to Richmond in Nov. of 1862.
The funny thing was that no one even in the Army of Tennessee wanted them either, until Pat Cleburne took them in hand and made them his. So the indication would seem to be that no body wanted them because of the precieved dishonor involved in the surrender of Arkansas Post.