July 30 1862 - Oath of Allegiance sworn
Taking the Oath of Allegiance.—
Capt. Burns, the efficient and fearless Provost Marshal of this town, administered the oath of allegiance to the following persons up to Monday at noon:—
Henry Stonebraker, Charles Gall, Wm. Hammond, Jacob Craley, James I. Hurley, C. F. Gelwicks, C. G. Pretzler, Jos. Funk, Philip Funk, Lewis Semler, Charles McGill, Jr., Wm. Freaner, R. W. Sterling, John Furry, Hugh Logan, Daniel Root, Charles M. Futter, James Bridler, Charles Long, L. M. Harbaugh, Blackstone Lynch, J. H. Powles, William S. Williamson, Thos. G. Robertson, Henry Rice, Sr., Henry Rice, Jr., B. Y. Fechtig, Henry Yingling, J. M. Hauck, Z. S. Claggett, Samuel Brumbaugh, A. K. Syester, Wm. T. Hamilton, Reuben T. Miley, Jos. Ground, Wm. Motter, Alex. Neill, Thomas Taggart, Floyd N. Webb, W. F. Marshall, W. H. Jones, Jonathan Middlekauff, J. P. Crist, William Ragan, Henry Freaner, Wm. H. West, Hiram W. Spielman, Wm. H. Myers, David South, Andrew McCoy, Morgan H. Clark, George Fridinger, George Valentine, Archibald F. McCoy, Philip Snyder, Christian Bluminour, Wm. Kreigh, Henry Shilling, Thomas Stephenson, Davidge Macgill, Mathew Clark.
A few in the above list came forward voluntarily and took the oath, but much the larger number were politely invited to the Captain’s office for that purpose. Of these several squirmed at it and wanted to enter protests against certain parts of it, but only one positively refused to take it, an old man named Henry Rice, and he, after a night's "rotting" in prison, recanted and took it. We annex a copy of the oath and accompanying certificate:—
"I, the undersigned....of...County,
State of...............do hereby solemnly swear before Almighty God, that I will bear true allegiance to the United States of America and support its Constitution ; that I will at no time and in no wise aid or abet, by counsel or act, directly or indirectly, any of the enemies of said Government; but I will at all times conduct myself as a peaceful, loyal and obedient subject of the same, and faithfully discharge my duties as its law-abiding citizen ; all of which I swear of my free will and accord ; so help me God.
Subscribed and sworn to, on this....day of....1862, at....before me.
Provost Marshal's Office, ....1862.
This is to certify that .....of.......County, ....has this day come to this office and voluntarily took the Oath of Allegiance to support the Constitution of the United States of America, and is therefore entitled to full protection from all citizens and soldiers."
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