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Collection Time Period
The records cover the years 1865 to 1867.
The collection consists of applications for pardons, 1865-1867, submitted to President Andrew Johnson by former Confederates excluded from the proclamation of May 29, 1865. The case files include affidavits, oaths of allegiance, recommendation for clemency, and other papers. This collection is part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutany General's Office,1780 - 1917, National Archives Microfilm Publication M1003. The index is courtesy of Fold3 (formerly Footnote).
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- Petitioner Name
- Place or Residence
- Fold3 (footnote) ID
- NARA Roll Number
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During the Civil War, Federal officials recognized a need for new laws to deal with the rebellious acts of large parts of the Southern population. Congress passed acts on July 31, 1861 (12 Stat. 284), and July 17, 1862 (12 Stat. 589), that fixed penalties for the lesser crimes of "conspiracy" and "rebellion." The second act also provided for future pardon and amnesty "to any persons who may have participated in the existing rebellion . . . with such exceptions and at such time and on such conditions as he may deem expedient for the public welfare."
The first amnesty proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on December 8, 1863. It extended pardon to person taking an oath to support the Constitution and the Union and to abide by all Federal laws and proclamations in reference to slavery made during the period of the rebellion.
Why the Record Was Created
The records were created to track those who applied for amnesty.
The records are generally reliable.
- Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons
- Case Files of Applications From Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons Pamphlet Description M1003
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"United States,Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons, 1865-1867." FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org). RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917. NARA M1003. National Archive and Record Service, Washington D.C. Fold3 digital images. Fold3, Orem Utah.