Paroles of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Statement of Brigadier General W. P. Roberts as to his staff and command.
The Editor has pleasure in publishing the following letter, which is inspired by a highly worthy motive.
It is his desire to give place in the Papers
to all proper representations regarding the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; everything incidental thereto, and any personal explanation under signature of any soldier or officer who was of the Army of Northern Virginia.
The embarrassment experienced in the preparation of Volume XV of the Southern Historical Society Papers
is stated in the Introduction thereto.
‘W. P. Roberts
,’ was paroled singly, and the parole was without further information or explanation.
Brigadier-General W. P. Roberts
is said to have been the youngest officer of his rank in the Confederate States
His is a noble record.
He ‘entered the army in June, 1861, at the age of nineteen years as a Sergeant in the Second North Carolina Cavalry; was appointed Second Lieutenant
in September following; promoted First Lieutenant
in August, 1862, Captain
in October, 1863, Major
in May, 1864, Colonel
in August, 1864, and Brigadier-General
in February, 1865, being then in the thirty-third year of his age. He had received no military training before entering the army, and had not finished his education.’