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Confederate officer servants passes and letter

Collection number: ahc.MSS478f

Scope and Content

This collection consists of six passes for servants of Confederate officers and one letter. Five of the passes were signed by Major General James B. McPherson, an officer of the Union. These passes permitted the servants to travel across Union lines to meet officers in the 41st and 42nd Regiments of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry. The letter, written by Confederate soldier Joseph B. Smith on July 8, 1863, is a request to permit a servant to travel across Union lines to meet his legal owner. The letter also contains the reply from Union Colonel J.A. Wilson that states the request will not be granted as servants can no longer be compelled to meet their masters across Union lines against their will.


  • 1863


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


7 item(s) (6 passes, 1 letter)




America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009

Confederate officer servant passes and letter
Paul Crater
December 2011
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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