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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 06, 1863

Letter Showed How Brutal War Feelings Could Become

The Richmond Times Dispatch reprinted a letter from a Savannah newspaper on a different way one man from Missouri used to administer oaths of loyalty to captured Yankees.

A New way of Administering the oath of Allegiance to Yankee prisoners. –The Vicksburg correspondent of the Savannah Republican is responsible for the following: The Yankees drove from home and destroyed all the property of a man named Cobb, in Missouri–Driven by his necessities and a desire for revenge, he has organized a band of partisans that prey on the Yankees. He has been quite successful, but none of his prisoners trouble him. Cobb says they take the oath and he turns them loose. One of his men reports that no man who ever took “Cobb’s oath” violated it. It is considered very binding, especially about the neck. Cobb says he would like to administer his oath to General Scott “jest worst.”