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    The Original "Amnesty Oath," Dated July 26, 1865, and Issued at Warrenton, Virginia, to One of the War's Most Famous and Romanticized Confederate Personages, Col. John Singleton Mosby. His signature on this document ended his remarkable military career as the fabled Confederate "Gray Ghost". 4" X 7¾", printed form filled out in ink script. Excellent sound condition with some very old paper reinforcements to the folds on the back, bright and crisp. An old pencil notation at the top, "John S. Mosby Guerilla Chief of Va. 1862 3 & 4" Filled out in ink with "No. 175 (Sub-District of) Fauquir (sic) (Va. ) July 26th (1865) John S. Mosby" probably by A. H. Russell the Provost. Entirely in Mosby's hand, however, is his accession to the oath, "26th, July, Age 31, Ocupation (sic) Lawyer, Residence Fauquire (sic) and his signature" Jno S. Mosby" tied together without the pen leaving the page. 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, however, is the original 7½' X 10" manuscript order dated "July 23d 1863" "Hd Qrs Sub District of Fauquier Warrenton, Va." assigning Russell to the position of acting Provost Martial. Also included is an 8" X 9½" manuscript letter, undated, from Thomas B. Barton of Fredericksburg, Va. to Charles Chilton of Warrenton, stating that Russell has "won Golden Opinions from our citizentry by his uniform courtesy and gentlemanly conduct " and that he has observed Russell's "praiseworthy" department (Provost Marshal) in Fredericksburg and "now as they are removing to your locality he goes with all the good wishes of our citizens." In a letter dated May 27, 1865 Mosby stated "I want to find out what will be the course of the Yankees toward me before I return to Fauquier).." It is highly likely that the high regard Mosby's fellow Virginians held for Russell, led directly to Mosby's formal surrender. Simply disbanding his command on April 20 rather than formally surrendering, this document was previously unknown, having been held by the Russell family since the end of the war and offered here for the first time. A great Civil War document of immeasurable historic import.

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