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Rare Virginia parole issued on the day of Lincoln's assassination

Single sheet, 7.5" x 3.5", printed parole. Dated April 14th, 1865, Lynchburg, Virginia. Signed by W.C. Randolph, Surgeon in Charge of Hospital #2. Several stains with expected folds. Minor restoration on verso. Overall very bright and supple.

A rare and unique printed parole dated on the day of President Lincoln's assassination. The document states he was a paroled prisoner of the Army of the Confederate States and has permission to go home and remain undisturbed. These paroles were intended to be carried on the person as a safe pass to return home and were kept folded in pockets. Statement along right edge "Paroled Prisoner Pass". Issued to "Sergt. Henry Hutter", and signed by "W.C. Randolph", "Surgeon in Charge General Hospital No 2". Henry Hutter enlisted June 2nd, 1861 at Morefield, Va, rose to the rank of 3rd Sergeant in 2nd Company B, 62rd Virginia Mounted Infantry. Records show he was wounded at Winchester September 19th, 1864, taken prisoner September 20th, 1864, exchanged March 3rd 1865, sent to Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond that same day, furloughed March19th, 1865, surrendered at Lynchburg, Va. April 1st, 1865. Copies of his records show that his leg at the thigh was amputated by a Union surgeon after his capture and his travels through several hospitals are included in his records.

On this same infamous day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.

Item: 61269

Price: $2,000.00
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