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    Confederate General William Mahone's Personal Copy of the April 10, 1865 Special Order Providing for Safe Passage of Confederate Troops through Union Lines. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", np, April 10, 1865, ink. This is a true copy of the order signed by both Grant and Lee which granted safe passage to Confederate troops in Union territory following the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. Possibly written by General James Longstreet's Assistant Adjutant-General, Osmun Latrobe, the document reads in full: "Hd. Quars. Army of No. Va. 10 April 1865 Special Orders No. [blank]The following order is published for the information of all parties concerned. Head Quarters Armies of the U.S. In the field 10 April 1865 Special Orders No. [blank] All officers and men of the Confederate service paroled at Appomattox C. Ho. Va. who to reach their homes are compelled to pass through the lines of the Union Armies will be allowed to do so and to pass free on all Government Transports and Military Rail Roads". The order is signed "By Command of Lieut Gen Grant Sgd E S Parker Lt. Col & AAG [Assistant Adjutant-General]" and "By Command of Gen R. E Lee Sgd C.S. Venable AAG". The bottom-left reads "Official Latrobe AAG Maj Gen Wm Mahone". The manuscript presented here comes from the personal papers of Confederate Major General William "Little Billy" Mahone, a Virginia railroad executive and hero of the Battle of the Crater, who was present for the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. The text of the document is possibly written in the hand of General James Longstreet's long-serving Assistant Adjutant-General, Osmun Latrobe, who was also present at Appomattox Courthouse. The document is in very fine condition, with usual mailing folds and three pin-sized spots on the surface of the paper, not affecting any text.

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