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


This blank form, an "Oath of Allegiance," was one that new soldiers, politicians, and civil servants had to complete following North Carolina's secession from the Union. After agreeing to an appointment in the militia or government, individuals would swear their allegiance before a local justice of the peace, who would witness the signature. This oath was then forwarded to North Carolina's adjutant general. In completing this form, the signer renounced loyalty to the United States in favor of a "first loyalty" to the state of North Carolina.

Kevin Cherry

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