Rebel Soldiers Taking the Oath of Allegiance, 1865
Confederates, military service, suffrage
After the Civil War many white Virginians could not vote because they had supported the Confederacy. In June 1865, the General Assembly restored voting rights to some of those white men, but the federal government required men who had supported the Confederacy to take an oath of allegiance to the United States or obtain a presidential pardon before they could regain the suffrage.
Alfred R. Waud
Harper's Weekly, June 17, 1865, p. 381
Harper and Brothers
Library of Virginia