1862 Pass - Civilians, Sanitary Commission to Alexandria and Back - Captain Henry C. Lockwood

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1862 Pass - Civilians, Sanitary Commission to Alexandria and Back - Captain Henry C. Lockwood

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Item No. SQ4107244

Offered here is an interesting December 1862 military pass. To cross the Potomac River from Washington, DC, to Alexandria, Virginia, required military authorization. This pass, written upon "Military District of Washington" letterhead, authorized several civilians, including one with the U.S. Sanitary Commission, to travel to Alexandria and back. It is signed by Captain Henry C. Lockwood, an aide to Brigadier General John H. Martindale. The pass reads:

Head-Quarters, Military District of Washington
Washington, D.C.,
Dec. 5th, 1862.
Pass
Mr. Elliot (of San. Com.), Mrs. Olmsted, Mrs. Brown & Miss Perkins (with driver) to and from Alexandria, Va. for the purpose of Visiting.
This will expire Dec. 8th, 1862.
By command of Brig. Gen. Martindale
Military Governor of District of Washington:
Henry C. Lockwood
Capt. & Aid-de-camp

The pass measures 7 3/4" x 6". The paper is in excellent condition and isn't stiff. Little wear to corners or edges. There are several creases from where the pass was previously folded. Remnants of album mounting on reverse.

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