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Ex-Confederate General George Pickett reaches out to his old West Point friend U.S. Grant for amnesty

George Edward Pickett, detail
03/12/1866
George E. Pickett of Gettysburg fame had been accused of the mass execution at Kinston, North Carolina of  twenty-two Union soldiers suspected of deserting the Confederate Army.  A board of inquiry had recently backed this finding of war crimes and Pickett, living in Canada, contacted his friend U.S. Grant seeking help.  Grant wrote to the President on his behalf and ordered that his arrest be only made on Johnson's or Secretary Stanton's express orders.  Pickett was never arrested or charged.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Mark L Bradley, Bluecoats and Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2009), np. 

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