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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the W.J. Russell presidential pardon MSS.0236


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

February 2008


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W. J. Russell presidential pardon

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


0.05 Linear feet (1 item)


1865 September 18


Presidential pardon dated 18 September 1865

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains Russell's presidential pardon dated 18 September 1865.

Preferred Citation:

W. J. Russell presidential pardon, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

Following the Civil War, there were thirteen "confederate profiles" that disqualified an individual from receiving a "general amnesty." If a "rebel" fell under one of these exclusions, amnesty was denied and an application for a "special personal pardon" from President Johnson was required. Excluded from receiving a "general amnesty" were individuals who:

• were civil or diplomatic agents or officials of the Confederacy • left judicial posts under the United States to aid the rebellion • were Confederate Military Officers above the rank of Army Colonel or Navy Lieutenant • were members of the U.S. Congress who left to aid in the rebellion • resigned commissions in the U.S. Army or Navy and afterwards aided in the rebellion • treated unlawfully black prisoners of war and their white officers • had absented themselves from the United States in order to aid in the rebellion • were graduates of West Point or Annapolis who served as Confederate officers • Ex-Confederate Governors • left homes in territory under United States jurisdiction for purposes of aiding the rebellion • engaged in destruction of commerce on the high seas or in raids from Canada • voluntarily participated in the rebellion who had property valued at more than $20,000.00 • had broken the oath taken under the provisions of the proclamation of 8 Dec. 1863

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Usage Restrictions:

Restricted - must have permission from William S. (Bill) Pace, Jr. for publication

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Acquisition Information:

Loan from Vida M. Jones, 1946; William S. Pace, Jr., 2007


Russell, W.J. (local)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Legal documents (aat)

Pardon Box 2477