1865 Confederate Furlough - After Battle of Nashville Private Leonard C. Pratt to Bibb County, Alabama

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1865 Confederate Furlough - After Battle of Nashville Private Leonard C. Pratt to Bibb County, Alabama

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Item No. SQ7780953

Offered here is an interesting early 1865 Confederate pass that allowed Private Leonard C. Pratt to travel to his home in Bibb County, Alabama, on furlough. The order was signed by Lieutenant William Hester for Colonel Newton Nash Clements.

Pratt is listed as having been a member of the 8th Alabama Cavalry, part of Forrest’s Cavalry. He was third son of Absalom Pratt (the Absalom Pratt House at Brierfield Ironworks is an Alabama State Historic Site). Clements and Hester were members of the 50th Alabama Infantry, which was wrecked three months earlier at Franklin and Nashville. It is unclear how Pratt became part of Clements’s command, though Pratt’s home in Bibb County was relatively close to Tuscaloosa, where the pass originated. An earlier pass indicated that Clements had been authorized to raise a new cavalry regiment, so it is this unnamed unit that Pratt was furloughed from. The pass reads, in full:

Hd. Qrs. Cavalry. Regt.
Tuscaloosa Ala.
February 22nd 1865.

To all whom it may concern,

Private L.C. Pratt of my Regiment of Cavalry [illegible] in Bibb County Ala. having volunteered in my Command, is hereby permitted to visit his home in Bibb County Ala. he having received a furlough from the 22nd day of February to the 5th of March 1865. at the expiration of period he will report to his Command at Tuscaloosa or wherever it then may be or be he considered a deserter.

By order of
N. N. Clements.
Col. Cmding Regt.

(Signed)
Wm Hester. Lt. & Adjt.

The pass measures about 7” x 7 1/2” and is in very good condition. Light wear to edges and corners, particularly on edges where it was removed from a larger sheet. Creases where originally folded.

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