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E.M. Bradford Seeks a Pardon, 1865

Context

This document is a petition from Edmund M. Bradford to President Andrew Johnson. In the petition Bradford seeks an official pardon for his role in the Confederate Army.

Edmund M. Bradford of Norfolk was a graduate of West Point (1837) who served in the U.S. Army for 12 years following graduation. He later served as a Captain in the 6th Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army. He held positions of Inspector General of Quartermasters as well. According to his letter he served until the very last moment of the war when Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his Army April 26, 1865.

His petition was written because as a graduate of West Point who took up arms for the Confederacy he was ineligible for general amnesty under President Johnson’s proclamation of May 29, 1865. It is unclear from the records available if his pardon requested was granted by the President.

Citation: Letter from Edmund Bradford to President Andrew Johnson, September 2, 1865, Accession 24194, Tazwell Family Papers, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

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VS.1, VS.7, VS.8, USI.1, USI.9, USII.1 USII.3, VUS.1, VUS.7

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