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    Lieutenant Davis M. Evans Papers Concerning his Service as Assistant Provost Marshall After the Fall of Richmond. Fifteen documents dated March 28 through April 29, 1865, including two paroles issued to CSA naval officers. David Evans enlisted as a musician in Company A, 35th Infantry on June 11, 1861. He served 2 years before enlisting as a first lieutenant in the 20th N.Y. Cavalry, eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. When Richmond was captured, he was appointed Assistant Provost Marshall and was tasked with administering the "oath of allegiance to officers and soldiers of the Confederate army." Of particular note is a list of names with notes in Evans hand, which may be a statements given by "Mary Richards (Colored)", whose name appears at the top of the sheet. The notes are written on a sheet of imprinted letterhead, 7.75" x 9.75", and read, in part: "Dr. Higothbotham one above eight on Main St. at until 8A.M. and after six Administering medicine to Prisoners. [There is mention of a Dr. Higginbotham's Hospital in Richmond during the War]... Mr. Inslow, Garnet of Henries, Mr. Lee, Dr. Read Pres,. D. Mc Daniel [are noted as] suspicious... Jno F. Scott [and] Montgomery Slaughter... took Union wounded from Fredericksburg..."

    There are two partly printed Army of the James and Richmond temporary paroles issued to "W.D. Porter Master of Confed. Ironclad Richmond" and "Geo w. Tenant, Acting Chief Eng. CSA", dated April 11, 1865. The men "solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that until April 15th 12 pm [this is handwritten in above text that has been crossed out], I will not directly or indirectly give aid comfort, assistance or information to the Military or Civil Authorities of the so-called Confederate States of America... and will report at the above named hour..." Each of the two paroles measures 7.75" x 4.75".

    Deserters received a different parole, and an example of this form is included as well. One page, 8" x 7.5", Richmond, Va. April 11, 1865. Issued to Marcellus Gompf of the 2nd Virginia Regimented and certifies that he has deserted "and come within our lines, and having this day been examined by me, and it appearing his intentions are honest in forever deserting the rebel cause, and having taken the Amnesty Oath under the President's Proclamation of December 8th, 1863..." The document gives Gompf permission to travel to New York. It is docketed on the verso, with instructions that "Evans will give passes like the within to Confederate deserters..."

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    A letter from John Coughlin, the Provost Marshall, dated April 14, 1865, informs Davis that "any Confederate soldiers coming in & giving themselves up will be permitted to go to their homes upon giving the same parole as those surrendered by Gen. Lee. First request that they take the oath and if they refuse, parole them as above stated."

    An application for parole from a citizen in the form of a letter addressed to General Ord is included. One page, 8" x 10"; Richmond, April 15, 1865; a letter to General Ord from John A. Parker who signs as "Late U.S. Consul 'Sandwich Islands'" states: "I am 61 years of age, have in no way been connected with the War and until 1862, I was in the discharge of official duties at the 'Sandwich Islands'." He proceeds to request a parole, and permission to travel to visit family near Petersburg and Washington on "public and private business". Docketed on the verso by command of Ord, and referred to the Provost Marshall, "who will grant parole similar to those given by Genl. Grant to Genl. Lees army."

    Additional documents concern appointments to Evans' office and transmittal and requests for blank paroles. It appears that private citizens, deserters, and active C.S.A. soldiers were issued different types of paroles. Although the lots includes paroles for 2 active C.S.A. navy officers as well as a deserter, no example of a form engrossed for a private citizen is present.

    Additionally present are 8 post-war letters from Evans to his wife and 5 letters to Evans.

    Condition: One letter dated March 28, 1865 has soiling and light creasing; and the parole issued to Marcellus Gompf has wear, and tiny marginal tears not affecting any text. The rest of the war-dated documents have slight toning and are overall near fine. The post-war correspondence varies in condition, with a few having some soiling. A few of the original transmittal letters are present.

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