Montgomery, AL: July 25, 1865. Printed broadside, signed in type at the end by Parsons as Provisional Governor, listing twelve "points" for applicants' consideration. One small spot, light old folds, Very Good plus.
Among the inquiries are: "Have you served on any 'vigilance committee' during the war, before which persons charged with disloyalty to the Confederate States have been examined or tried?" "Has any person been shot or hung by your order for real or supposed disloyalty to the Confederate States?" "Have you shot or hung, or aided in shooting or hanging any person for real or supposed disloyalty to the Confederate States?" "Have you ordered or been engaged in hunting any one with dogs, who was disloyal to the Confederate States, or supposed to be?" "Were you in favor of the so-called ordinance of secession at the time it was passed on the 11th day of January, 1861?"
Parsons, born in New York State, moved to Alabama as a young man and practiced law in Talladega. He served, by appointment of President Johnson, as Alabama's Provisional Governor from June until mid-December 1865. During the War he had been a Confederate Lieutenant. Governor Parsons was was responsible for initiating Alabama's first steps toward Reconstruction by eliminating Alabama's laws pertaining to slavery, and calling a constitutional convention.
Hummel 151 [1-NcD]. Item #36878