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    Petersburg Railroad Pass with Oath of Obedience. Two partially-printed pages, 6" x 3.75", Richmond, June 21, 1864. This pass, issued by the War Department of the Confederate States, gives permission for "R. Bland to visit Petersburg" while simultaneously prohibiting spying by calling upon his "honor not to communicate in writing or verbally, for publication, any fact ascertained, which, if known to the enemy, might be injurious to the Confederate States of America." The previous day, Bland agreed to an oath of obedience (found on the verso) where he swore to "bear true faith and yield obedience to the Confederate States of America, and . . . serve them honestly and faithfully against their enemies." Damage along the right edge. Light chipping of the left edge. Areas of light staining on the verso.

    Around the time that this pass was issued, Gen. Grant, whose assault on the city of Petersburg proved to be a failure, made the decision to capture the three remaining rail lines into the city - including the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad. The Wilson-Kautz Raid (June 22-July 1, 1864) was ordered to destroy as much track as possible to the railroad linking Lynchburg with Petersburg, but ended with a third of the force and its entire supply captured by the rebels.

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