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    Furlough Issued to a Paroled Confederate Prisoner of Vicksburg. One partially-printed page, 5.75" x 4", Jonesboro [Tennessee], February 20, 1864. On July 4 of the previous year, the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, fell after a siege of nearly two months. 30,000 men were taken prisoner. Grant, not wanting the responsibility of feeding that many men, paroled all of the prisoners. Some of these prisoners were ordered by the Confederate Army not to try to escape back to the Confederate lines, but to remain in place until they were properly exchanged.

    One such prisoner was Isaac Pleasant of Co. "K," 60th Tennessee Infantry, to whom this furlough was issued, in part: "I, Isaac Pleasant . . . a Vicksburg paroled prisoner, do solemnly swear, that I will not attempt to pass out of the Confederate lines, and that I will report whenever, or wherever, ordered, or immediately on being notified of an exchange." He was then given a furlough until his exchange came through. Signed by Col. John H. Crawford as commander of the "Paroled Brigade." Mounted to a backing sheet. Several areas of minor paper loss do not affect the text. Ink spot near the lower left corner.


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