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Amnesty Petition of Henry E. Coleman, August 3, 1865


Amnesty Petition of Henry E. Coleman, August 3, 1865


As much as former Colonel Henry Coleman worked to gain amnesty, he worked to gain sympathy. Coleman explained that he was a veteran of the battles of Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania and others. He explained "I am very greatly wounded in so much that I cannot walk without two crutches and have very little hopes of ever being able to walk without their use- I regard myself as an invalid for life." In justifying his participation in the Confederate military, Coleman explained that he had been taught from a young age that North Carolinians had the right to secede from the Union, and he therefore joined the army out of a sense of duty. He also provided that he was not part of the government that voted for secession.


Coleman, Henry E.


Henry E. Coleman, Amnesty Petition, August 3, 1865, Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons ("Amnesty Papers"), 1865-67, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917, Record Group 94, Publication M1003, National Archives, Washington, D.C.




Brunstetter, Tim




Granville County, North Carolina

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