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Swearing in of Volunteers

Date(s) of Letter(s) Harper's Weekly.   Vol. 5, no. 226.  April 27, 1861.  Text of article, pp. 257-258.   Illustration: "Swearing in of Volunteers," p. 257.
December 5, 1861

Swearing in of Volunteers

"The Secretary of War has addressed the following circular to the Governors of States: 

"Sir, under the Act of Congress 'for calliing forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, repel invasions, etc., approved February 28, 1795, I have the honor to request you Excellency to cause to be immediately detached from the militia of uour State the quota designated in teh table below, to serve as infantry or riflemen for the period of three months, unless sooner discharged.

"Your Excellency will please communicate to me the time at or about which your quota will be expected at its rendezvous, as it will be met as soon as practicable by an officer or officers to muster it inot the service and pay of the United States.  At the same time the oath of fidelity to the United States will be administered to every officer and man.

"The mustering officer will be instructed to receive no man under the rank of commissioned officer who is in uears apparantly over forty-five or under eighteen, or who is not in physical strength and vigor."

Swearing in of Volunteers

"I, _____ ______ do solemly swear that I will bear true allegience to the United States of America; that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all enemies or opposers whatsoever; that I will obey the orders of the Presdient of the Inited States, and of the officers appointed over me, according to the rules of the armies of the United States: so help me God."