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Amnesty Petition of William McRae, July 28, 1865

Title

Amnesty Petition of William McRae, July 28, 1865

Description

William McRae was excluded from Presidential amnesty under the third provision due to his rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. McRae insisted that he was loyal to the Union, and took no part in the political discussions leading to secession. He joined the Confederate Army out of a sense of duty as a private, and was promoted all the way to Brigadier General throughout the course of the war. McRae highlighted his meritorious service in the Confederate Army in an attempt to cast himself as a potential dutiful and industrious citizen if granted amnesty.

Creator

William McRae

Source

William McRae, Amnesty Petition, July 28, 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.

Date

1865-07-28

Type

Document

Coverage

New Hanover County, North Carolina

Original Format

Government Document

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Citation

William McRae, Amnesty Petition of William McRae, July 28, 1865, Civil War Era NC, accessed September 23, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/474.