Appomattox Parole, Partly Printed Prisoner’s Pass
A MOST UNUSUAL APPOMATTOX PAROLE
FOR A MASTER’S MATE IN THE NAVY
An Appomattox Parole Document. As directed by General Grant, 28,231 parole passes were issued to Lee’s troops after the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to show that those Confederate soldiers were paroled prisoners of war with the right to travel home.
The pass, on ordinary lined paper w/ decorative floral ornament at left, has been accomplished by clerk Graves who, as “a Paroled Prisoner of the Army of Northern Virginia, has permission to go to his home, and there remain undisturbed.”
Three vert. folds, scattered age-toning, but v.g. for a document which doubtless saw much use. Scarce and very desirable; a tangible memento of the end of a great conflict, reflecting Grant’s promise to let Lee’s soldiers return to their homes and “not…be disturbed by U.S. authority.”
(Appomattox) Partly Printed “Paroled Prisoner’s Pass” for “J. D. Graves / Master’s Mate / C S Navy / Geo.” Printed dateline: Appomattox Court-House, Va.: 10 April 1865. Approx. 8 x 3.5 inches; 1p.