e of the President that if Smith would return and take the prescribed oath, he should be treated exactly as if he had surrendered and been paroled.
In September, 1865, Alexander Stephens, the VicePres-ident of the Southern Confederacy, appealed to General Grant in the following letter from Fort Warren in Boston Harbor, where he was imprisoned, asking for his release on parole or bail.
This was soon afterward granted.
Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, mass., 16th Sept., 1865. Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, Washington, D. C,.
dear Sir,—The apology for this letter, as well as its explanation, is to be found in the facts herein briefly presented.
I am now in confinement in this place and have been since the 25th of May last.
Efforts are being made by friends to have me released on parole as others, arrested as I was, have been.
You will excuse me for saying that I think I am as justly entitled to discharge on parole as many of those to whom I allude.
No man I think in the Sout