1865 · [North Carolina?]
On May 29, 1865, President Johnson issued a proclamation granting amnesty to all of the citizens of the Southern states who had lost their citizenship rights when they joined the Confederacy. The pardon was issued on condition of their taking an oath of loyalty, swearing, among other things to "Support all laws... with reference to the emancipation of slaves." Various versions of these amnesty oaths were printed in each of the Confederate states, with various caption titles and text. The oath both pardoned the signer and re-established their citizenship and voting rights in the United States. This former Confederate signer, Abel Mayberry, is listed as a merchant in Alexander County, North Carolina in *Branson's North Carolina Business Directory*.
The oath states: "I, [Abel Mayberry] of [Alexander] County, State of North-Carolina, do solemnly swear or affirm, 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 States thereunder; and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves. So help me God. [Abel Mayberry]," and dated September 1, 1865. Uncommon. (Inventory #: 501098)