Saturday, August 24, 2013

Parole of Honor

These papers are from the Confederate Army file of my wife's great great grandfather, David Glenn.
The first one came from the enlistment ledger of the 22nd Alabama Infantry Company K. It shows he was 5 foot 11 inches tall, had dark completion, grey eyes and had dark hair.
22nd Alabama Infantry Regiment Company K
David Glenn was born on April 17, 1828 in Morgan County, Georgia and died October 18, 1908 in School Hill, Texas. He is buried in the School Hill Cemetery.

This document shows on July 17, 1863 he was given a Furlough of 45 days to go home based on General Orders number 69. I don't know what was wrong with him, there isn't any other mention of it in his file.
Confederate Army General Order number 69 was issued on May 28, 1863 to allow soldiers who were in Confederate hospitals either sick or wounded to go home and recover. They had to be certified by a physician as having a serious medical problem.
Later in the war this order was blamed for a shortage of troops because so many failed to return once they were allowed to leave. 


On May 24, 1865, a month after Lee surrendered at Appomattox, David Glenn signed this Parole of Honor, saying he would not give aid, support or information to the enemies or opposers of the United States until I am duly and properly exchanged.

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