[CIVIL WAR]. APPOMATTOX PAROLE. JONES, T.H., Printed parole signed, with numerous stampings and autograph notations, Appomattox Court House, Va., 10 April 1865, 2 page, oblong 8vo.
Autograph transcription (in Jones's hand) of Robert E. Lee's General Order No. 9, Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, 10 April 1865. 2 pages, 8vo, foxing, chipped along bottom edge.
TWO PAROLE DOCUMENTS FROM APPOMATTOX This parole was printed on a small field press in the basement of the McLean house, near Appomattox, and Jones was one of the few to obtain a copy before the paper ran out: "The bearer, Private T.H. Jones, Company B, 2nd Georgia Battalion, Sorrel's Brigade, a Paroled Prisoner of the Army of Northern Virginia, has permission to go to his home, and there remain undisturbed--Charles Jefferson, Major 2nd Georgia Battalion." The lack of paper also forced Lee's adjutant, Col. Charles Marshall, to write out by hand Lee's famous general Order No. 9. Lee executed a few copies in his own hand for the top commanders, but ordinary foot soldiers like Private Jones copied out their own transcriptions to take with them as part of their parole documentation, and perhaps also to provide some consolation on their long journey home: "After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources...By the terms of the agreement Officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection..." The numerous hand stamps and dockets on Jones's parole tell us how he made that journey and what he carried with him: "April 16, 1865, Fort Monroe to Washington, D.C., April 24, 1865 issued 3 pairs of pants, 3 shirts, 3 drawers, 3 pairs of socks; April 25, 1865--issued 2 rations; April 26--transportation in kind from Atlanta to Augusta, Georgia with 2 days rations." Together two items.