Pass for a paroled Confederate prisoner on the day of Lincoln's assassination
Unusual Civil War-dated partly-printed parole pass, one page, 7.5 x 3.75, Lynchburg, Virginia, April 14, 1865, signed at the conclusion, "W. C. Randolph, Surg. in Cge. Gen. Hos. No. 2." In full: "The bearer, Sergt. H. Hutter, of Co. B., 62nd Regt. of Virginia, a Paroled Prisoner of the Army of the Confederate States, has permission to go to his home, and there remain undisturbed." In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, some staining, and small repairs on the reverse. Henry Hutter had enlisted on June 2, 1861, at Morefield, Virginia, and rose to the rank of third sergeant in 2nd Company B, 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry. Records show that he was wounded at Winchester on September 19, 1864, and taken prisoner the next day. He was exchanged on March 3, 1865, sent to Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, and furloughed on March 19th. He then surrendered at Lynchburg on April 1st. Copies of his records show that his leg was amputated at the thigh by a Union surgeon after his capture. On the same infamous day this parole pass was granted, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A rare and unique Civil War piece.