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    William T. Sherman Autograph Document Signed "W. T. Sherman." One page with integral blank, 7.75" x 9.75", on Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi letterhead, Raleigh [North Carolina], April 19, 1865. One day after Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston signed papers surrendering his army to Sherman at Bennett Pace, Durham, North Carolina (which were ultimately rejected by Congress), Sherman signed this pass allowing a paroled Confederate officer passage home, in full: "Major W. F. Haines of Genl Bowens staff, a parolled [sic] officer with a servant & mule has permission to travel with his horse and personal Baggage to any place within our Lines. En route to his home in Missouri." Folds are weakening and small pinholes are beginning to appear.

    Major William F. Haines (1829-1902), a native of New York, arrived in St. Louis in 1849 to serve as a book keeper. Having previous sailing experience (he once served as a seaman on the brig Odd Fellow), he accepted a position as chief clerk and master of the steamer Josiah Lawrence in 1851. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Haines enlisted as a private in the First Missouri Infantry, Confederate Army, and was quickly given a captain's rank and made regimental quartermaster. Upon the promotion of Gen. John S. Bowen, Haines was promoted to major and made brigade quartermaster. He served under Gen. Laurence S. Baker in North Carolina and, when they were cut off from Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army, was sent to Raleigh to negotiate the terms of surrender with Gen. Sherman (whom he had known in St. Louis). After the war, he captained the steamer Stonewall and owned two hotels.


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    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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