Publisher: Natchez, Mississippi, 1864.
Condition: Somewhat stained and worn; tears at the folds, which would benefit from repair; in sound condition.
Book ID: 26143
DescriptionBroadside document, 25 x 20 cm, with 13 blank spaces to be filled in with name, date, signature of the applicant and the Provost Marshal, and physical information identifying the applicant.
CommentsOn December 8, 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation granting amnesty to citizens of the Southern States if they agreed to take a oath of loyalty to the Union. The text of the oath is approximately 125 words and includes: "I _________, do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of the States thereunder . . . and faithfully support all acts of congress passed . . . with reference to slaves . . . and will faithfully support all proclamations of the President made during the existing rebellion having reference to slaves . . . So Help me God." This version of the document was printed (somewhat crudely) in Natchez, Mississippi and was used for Mrs. Martha A. Patrick, age 21, who swore to it and signed it on August 31, 1864.