23rd Georgia Infantry

W.S. House's Pardon from the Surrender at Greensboro, N.C.

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Below is a typical pardon given to the surrendering confederate troops at Greensboro, N.C. April 26th 1865

Greensboro, North Carolina
May 2, 1865
In accordance with the terms of the
Military Convention, enacted on the
twenty sixth day of April 1865, entered
Genl Joseph E Johnston, Commanding
the Confederate Army and Major
Genl W T Sherman Commanding
the U S Army in North Carolina
W S House pvt Co C 23 Rgt Ga
troops has given his solemn
obligation not to take up arms
against the government of the U S
until properly released from this
obligation, and is permitted to
return to his home, not to be disturbed
by the United States authorities so
long as he observes this obligation
and obey the laws in force where
he may reside.
WL Hulbert ..........M R Ballenger
Lt. +as C USA .....Col CSA
............................23 Ga Rgt

At the time of surrender and just after, these pardons were like gold, with the war being over, the returning confederate soldiers that had these in their possession, could not be harassed by union soldiers