The Most Desired Civil War Document: The Appomattox Court House Parole – This One from a Soldier in the Famed Richmond Howitzers
This parole is made out to Private C. T. Palmer, who enlisted on June 26th, 1861 at Yorktown, Va. into the 2nd company of the Richmond Howitzers Light Artillery. He fought with this unit all 4 years of the war surrendering at Appomattox Court House. After the war Palmer was a prosperous farmer in Nelson County, Virginia and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Virginia.

The parole is filled out:

THE BEARER, Private C. T. Palmer of 2nd Howitzers Regt. Cutshaw’s Arty. Battalion Paroled Prisoner of the Army of Northern Virginia has permission to go to his home, and there remain undisturbed.

L. F. Jones Capt. Commanding
2nd Co. Howitzers

The 2nd Richmond Howitzers were assigned to the Artillery battalions of J. T. Brown, R. A. Hardaway & W. E. Cutshaw of General Robert E. Lee’s army. As a result, Jones served in all the major battles of the Eastern Theater, from Seven Pines to Appomattox. After the war, Captain Jones was one of the organizers and treasurer of the American Manufacturing Company and was later President of the State National Bank in St. Louis.

The parole has been professionally conserved with folds strengthened, tape removed, deacidified, etc. Soldiers carried these folded in their pockets through all kinds of weather in their trek back to their homes… thus the condition of most paroles is very poor. The most desired feature of a parole is the darkness of the ink. Is it easily read, or faded. This parole can be read across the room… nice dark ink and so it is a great one for display. The first we have offered in quite a while.

#D347 - Price $3,495