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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 01, 1865

Georgia Soldier Paroled after Taking Oath

A Georgia soldier in Griffin, Georgia was paroled by Union officers on this day after taking the following oath.

“Headquarters U.S. Cavalry Corps Griffin, Georgia : May 1, 1865 I, the undersigned W.T. Bussey, a Corporal of the Company ‘B’, 9th Georgia Regiment of Georgia Military, do solemnly swear that I will not bear arms against the United States of America, or give any information, or do any military duty whatsoever, until regularly exchanged as a prisoner of war. [signed] W.T. Bussey. Description: Height 5 feet 10 inches; hair, dark; eyes, dark; complexion, fair. I certify that the above parole was given to me, on the date above written on the following conditions: the above named person is allowed to return to his home, not to be molested by the military authorities of the United States so long as he observes his parole and obeys the laws which were in force previous to January 1, 1861, where he resided. …” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 353.