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John C. Duckworth's Request for Pardon

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North Carolina Civil War Amnesty Papers, Vol. 12, pages 193-194, by Sandra Lee Almasy, published 1999, available at the Transylvania County Library. Transcribed by Linda O. Anders, 24 April 2003. Comments in brackets [] are from the author.




John C. Duckworth – of – Transylvania County N.C. – Rebel Postmaster – Applies for Pardon – 1st exception – P. Nov 7th 65 – Executive Office – Raleigh Oct 20th 1865 – Pardon respectfully recommended – W. W. Holden – Prov. Gov.


To His Excellency Andrew Johnston

President of the United States

The petition of John C. Duckworth of Transylvania Co. N.C. respectfully represents unto your Excellency that possessing little political knowledge was to a small extent influenced by the trill [?] of secession at the commencement of the late rebellion and accepted the office of Post Master at Catheys Creek in said county under the pretended authority of the so called Confederate States government but I now seeing the impropriety of the relution returned to the union party and has prompy acted with it ever since that he was truly and sincerely returned to is allegiance to the government of the United States and intends hense forth to be a true and loyal Citizen thereof.

Your petitioner is aware that he is excluded from the benefit of your Excellencys amnesty Proclamation dated the 29th of May A.D. 1865 and hense he prays your Excellency to grant unto him a special pardon for such participation in said rebellion And your petitioner will ever pray

At Catheys Creek NC

August 8th 1865                                  John C. Duckworth




[Standard printed oath] Sworn 8 August 1865, before L.[?] Evans [?] Chm. of C C




[R43E-113-990-a-pg1] Nov 9, 1865 North Carolinian recommended for pardon by Govr. Holden – [pg 3] Transylvania Duckworth, John C.

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