The Civil War in Missouri

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Loyalty Oath of A.G. Edwards

1863
MHM Archives

This loyalty oath signed by A. G. Edwards was one method by which Federal authority tried to maintain control of the state and discourage disloyal activity. The use of loyalty oaths began when all those captured at Camp Jackson were paroled, and it expanded throughout the war to include civil officials, voters, businessmen, attorneys, professors, teachers, and anyone who was deemed potentially disloyal.