George W. Alexander Amnesty File, M1003, National Archives
Detroit Mich., Oct. 17th 1865.
To His Excellency
President of the United States of America
Permit me most respectfully to ask you a pardon for participation in the late rebellion. I am a citizen of Virginia, Thirty six (36) years of age, an Engineer (steam) by profession. I was a Captain in the Rebel Army – whilst a private I was ordered with others to assist in the capture of the Steamer St. Nicholas, this I fear brings me under Exception 11 in your Excellency’s proclamation. I have taken the required oath of Amnesty. I am a good mechanic. My Father and Mother have both died during the war – I am very poor and the family depend upon my daily toil for support. Should you be pleased to pardon me I will endeavor to the best of my abilities to prove an honest citizen – observing scrupulously all my obligations and will always be
Your obt and humble servt
Geo. W. Alexander
I am fully satisfied that Mr. Alexander will henceforth be true in his allegiance to the U. S. & therefore earnestly recommend his pardon. Detroit Oct. 18, ‘‘65
J. M Howard
U. S. Senator
I concur with Senator Howard.