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Oath of Allegiance, Taken by the officers and Employees
of the Hannibal & St. Joseph R. R. Co., Unconditionally, for
the Union in the Past, Present and Future.

I, Jerry Nolan of Chillicothe County, of Livingston State of Missouri, do solemnly swear that I will support, protect and defend the Constitution and
Government of the United States against all enemies whether domestic or foreign; that I will bear true faith, allegiance and loyalty to the same, any
ordinance, resolution or law of any State Convention or Legislature to the contrary notwithstanding; and, further, that I will well and faithfully perform all the
duties which may be required of me by the laws of the United States. And I take this oath freely and voluntarily, without any mental reservation or evasion
whatsoever, with a full and clear understanding that Death, or other punishment by the judgment of a Military Commission, will be the penalty for the
violation of this my solemn oath and parole of honor.


Subscribed and sworn to before me this,
1st day of March
A. D. 1862, as witness my hand,
and seal.                                                                                             Jerry Nolan seal

Wm. R. Strachan   seal
Provost Marshal
Line H & St J R R

? J. F. Howard Deputy

E J Crandall Hannibal Marion County Mo
James Tooey Brookfield Lewis County Mo
J Howard Hannibal Marion County Mo

In triplicate

One copy to be give to person taking the oath
One copy to be sent to the Head-Quarters of the Department
One copy to the Commanding Officer or Provost Marshal of the camp, garrison, town or county

This oath of allegence was given before the Emancipation Proclamation nor would the Emancipation Proclamation apply. It was given by the Provost
Marshal. In January 1862, the United States Congress authorized President Abraham Lincoln to seize control of the railroads and telegraph for military
use. The operation of any rail lines seized by the military was entrusted to a new War Department agency called the U.S. Military Rail Roads (USMRR).

As part of this oath taking on Dec. 6, 1861, Maj. Gen. Henry Halleck, commander of the Department of Missouri, issued an order setting the oath for all
residents who wanted to be considered loyal:

“I solemnly swear that I will bear true allegiance to the United States and support and sustain the Constitution and laws thereof; that I will maintain the
national sovereignty paramount to that of all State, county or Confederate powers; that I will discourage, discountenance and forever oppose secession,
rebellion and disintegration of the Federal Union; that I disclaim and denounce all faith and fellowship with the so-called Confederate States and
Confederate armies and pledge my honor, my property and my life to the sacred performance of this my solemn oath of allegiance to the Government of
the United States of America.”
Railroad Loyalty Oath
Jerry Nolan
March 1, 1862
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