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The North Carolina Oath of Allegiance, 1861

After North Carolina Seceded from the Union on May 20, 1861, new soldiers, politicians, and civil servants had to fill out and sign an oath of allegiance, by which they pledged loyalty to the state and renounced their loyalty to the United States.


Having been appointed a
I do hereby accept the same and certify that I am
years of age; that I was born in
and that my residence when appointed was
the nearest post office being

I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina, and to the Constitutional powers and authorities which are or may be established for the government thereof, and maintain and defend the Constitution of the said State. So help me God.

[Signature Line]

Subscribed and sworn to before me, _________________________, J. P.

This _______day of ______________________ 1861.

The North Carolina Oath of Allegiance, 1861
Citation (Chicago Style): 

[Oath of Allegiance, 1861]. Raleigh: North Carolina Adjutant General's Dept, 1861. 

Published online by Documenting the American South. University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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