Appomattox Parole for Private Erasmus F. Page, Co."F", 2nd NC Infantry. The parole is signed by Major J.Turner Scales, commanding the 2nd NC Infantry at the end of the war.
Very minor professional archival tape repair to one fold, otherwise wear as shown in the photographs. One of the rarest of civil war collectables, these paroles are in high demand.
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As stated in the April 9, 1865 surrender terms, "The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the government of the United States until properly exchanged and each company or regiment commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands... . This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to his home, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they reside."
On the morning of April 10, 1865, Generals Lee and Grant had their last meeting at Appomattox Court House. General Lee requested that his men be given some type of evidence that they were paroled prisoners to protect them from arrest or annoyance.
General Gibbon was ordered to arrange for a small printing press to print blank parole forms. General George Sharpe supervised the operation, which was carried out at the Clover Hill Tavern. Printing began the afternoon of the 10th and continued until the morning of the 11th. The total number of officers and men paroled was 28,231.
General Gibbon reported, "Rolls in duplicate had been prepared of the different commands and on the backs of these was placed a printed slot duly filled out and signed by General George H. Sharpe, the assistant provost marshal, each party keeping a copy. Such officers as did not belong to any particular organization signed the parole for themselves. In addition, each officer and man, when he separated from his command, was given one of the paroles to which I have referred after it was properly filled out and signed by his immediate commanding officer."
2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
2nd Infantry Regiment State Troops was assembled at Garysburg, North Carolina, in May, 1861, with slightly more than 1,300 men. Its companies were recruited in the following counties: New Hanover, Wilson, Surry, Carteret, Duplin, Guilford, Sampson, Craven, Jones, and Pamlico. After serving in the Department of North Carolina the unit moved to Virginia where it was assigned to G.B. anderson's, Ramseur's, and Cox's Brigade. It took an active part in the difficult campaigns of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, fought with Early in the Shenandoah Valley, and ended the war at Appomattox. The regiment sustained 116 casualties during the Seven Days' Battles, 50 at Sharpsburg, 21 at Fredericksburg, and 214 at Chancellorsville. Of the 243 engaged at Gettysburg, twenty-five percent were disabled, and there were 2 killed and 2 wounded at Bristoe. Only 6 officers and 48 men surrendered. The filed officers were Colonels William P. Bynum, John P. Cobb, William R. Cox, and Charles C. Tew; Lieutenant Colonel Walter S. Stallings; and Majors John Howard, Daniel W. Hurtt, and J.Turner Scales.