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    Parole of Confederate Private Felix P. Webster of 'General Johnston's Escort'; Private Felix P. Webster was member of a little-known unit called simply 'Holloway's Cavalry', alternatively called the Crocheran Light Dragoons, Captain Smith's Escort Company, and Holloway's Light Dragoons. They were formed especially to escort Confederate generals during the Civil War.

    Assigned to General Joseph E. Johnston as his personal escort in February 1865, Private Webster was with Johnston as he fought his way through the Carolina Campaign and was at General Johnston's surrender to General William T. Sherman on April 26, 1865, as evidenced by this unique parole document executed on that date.

    Felix P. Webster was born in Alabama in 1846 and was a 19-year-old private riding with Holloway's Cavalry when the surrender occurred at Greensboro, North Carolina. This document measures approximately 8" x 4" and reads in part: "Private Felix P. Webster of General Johnston's Escort has given his solemn obligation not to take up arms against the Government of the United States...and is permitted to return to his home..."

    The document is dated May 1, 1865 and is signed by Brevet General William Hartsuff of the Union Army with "Greensboro, North Carolina" at the top. It is in very good condition with four fold marks and is pre-printed on lined paper except for the date, Private Webster's name, and the signatures.

    Private Webster went on to become a successful cotton merchant, moved to Dallas, Texas, and died in 1914 while on business in Rotterdam, Holland. This is a rare and interesting document from an obscure unit that guarded Confederate generals, especially General Joseph E. Johnston in one the great events at the end of the war.


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