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August 2017 Documents of the Month | 1865 Parole Passes


By John Coski

Most Civil War students are familiar with the parole passes issued to the soldiers of General R. E. Lee’s army at Appomattox in April 1865. But what about the almost 200,000 Confederate soldiers and sailors surrendered after Appomattox? The language printed – and the dates and locations written in – on these parole passes issued to two officers in Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor’s Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana remind us that there was a lot of negotiating and surrendering occurring throughout the South in the spring of 1865.

On August 25, historian Bert Dunkerly, author of To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy, will deliver at lecture at the Museum that will make sense of what was happening in Mobile, Alabama; Meridian, Mississippi; and other surrender sites.