Reconstruction Oath

Relationship: My great grandfather A D Wilkinson and great great grandfather David Allen Philpott both signed this oath.

During the American Civil War, political prisoners and prisoners of war were often released upon taking an “oath of allegiance”. Lincoln’s Ten percent plan featured an oath to “faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the union of the States thereunder” as a condition for a Presidential pardon. During Reconstructionretroactive loyalty oaths were proposed by Radical Republicans, which would have barred former Confederates and Confederate sympathizers from federal, state, or local offices.  My great-grandfather signed such an oath.

 

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