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Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875) [Presidential pardon of Confederate naval officer, Thomas W. Brent, for taking part in the rebellion]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03079.01 Author/Creator: Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 15 August 1866 Pagination: 2 p. ; 45.4 x 29.2 cm.

President Andrew Johnson granted T. W. Brent a full pardon and amnesty for all offences he committed. Countersigned by Secretary of State William H. Seward. Seal on second page.

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