[Galveston. 1865]. Partially-printed document, completed in manuscript, 8 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches. Three vertical folds. Minor toning, foxing, soiling, and edge wear. Very good. Item #WRCAM55643
A rare Civil War amnesty oath, attested to and signed by James P. Nash in Galveston on July 8, 1865. The partially-printed document is signed by him twice, and also dated and signed by the Captain and Provost Marshal Harry Beard. The oath reads, in full: "Amnesty Oath. I, JAMES P. NASH, do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God that I will hereafter faithfully defend the Constitution of the United States and the union of States there=under; and that I will in like manner abide by and support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the Emancipation of Slavery; so help me God. JAMES P. NASH. Sworn and subscribed to before me this 8th day of JULY, 1865, at Galveston, Texas. H. BEARD Captain and Provost Marshal." The signer of the Amnesty Oath, James P. Nash, was likely the same James P. Nash who was an early educator and professor in Galveston. This 1865 amnesty oath appears to exist in two states: one blank below the line, "1865, at Galveston, Texas" and one with a dotted line added above the printed words "Captain and Provost Marshal." The present example is the former, and likely first state of the document, before the dotted line and "Captain and Provost Marshal" were added later. Amnesty oaths are scarce in the market; this one is especially interesting for its association with an early Galveston educator.