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    The original "Amnesty Oath", dated July 26, 1865, and issued at Warrenton, Va. to Confederate Maj. Gen. William 'Extra Billy' Smith Who was also the Wartime Governor of Virginia. 4" X 7¾" printed form filled out in ink script. Excellent sound condition with some old paper repairs to the fold on the back, bright and crisp. An old pencil notation at the top, "War Governor of Va. Wm. Smith (Called Extra Billy). Filled out in ink with "181 (Sub-District of) Fauquir Warrenton (va.) July 26th (1865) Wm Smith" probably by A. H. Russell the Provost. Also "Age 67 Ex Govoner (sic) Residence Warrenton, Va. and bearing Smith's unique 'shaky' signature "Wm Smith", without the pen leaving the paper. The document is countersigned by "A. H. Russell Capt. & Acting Provost Marshal". Russell's archive, as a member of the 19th Wisconsin Inf. is listed elsewhere in this catalog. Included with this document is a copy of the original order dated July 23, 1865 assigning Russell to the position of Acting Provost Marshal at Warrenton. Also included is a copy of a manuscript letter, undated, from Thomas B. Barton of Fredericksburg to Charles Chilton of Warrenton, stating that Russell has "won Golden Opinions for our citizenry by his uniform courtesy and gentlemanly conduct" and that he has observed Russell's department (Provost Marshal) and deems it "praiseworthy" and "now as they are removing to your locality he goes with all the good wishes of our citizens". It was doubtless Russell's reputation with Smith's fellow Virginians that led to his surrender at this time and place. A previously unknown document, in the possession of Russell's direct lineal descendants since the Civil War it is offered here for the first time. An important Civil War document.

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