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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

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

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2008

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-11-28T13:44-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

November 2012
Collection Title:

W. J. Russell presidential pardon

Unit ID:

MSS.0236

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (1 item)

Dates:

1865 September 18

Abstract:

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

Processing Information:

Processed by

unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2012

Usage Restrictions:

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

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

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

Source(s)

Russell, W.J. (local)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Legal documents (aat)

Pardon Box 2477