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National Union League Pledge
National Union League Pledge
TitleNational Union League Pledge
AuthorNational Union League
Dates Covered1863-1865
Location of AuthorUnited States of America
Date of OriginalFebruary 18, 1865
Day of WeekSaturday
DescriptionA Union League is one of a number of organizations established starting in 1862, during the American Civil War to promote loyalty to the Union and the policies of Abraham Lincoln. They were also known as Loyal Leagues. They comprised upper middle class men who supported efforts such as the United States Sanitary Commission, which helped treat wounded soldiers after battle. The Clubs supported the Republican Party, with funding, organizational support, and political activism. The National Union League helped appoint Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency. This particular document is a signed pledge by a constituent, agreeing to give unwavering loyalty to the United States government, and to support its efforts to suppress "The Rebellion, "or the southern states involved in the Confederacy.
SubjectWars--Civil War; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Politics
TranscriptionNational Union League
THE UNION It must and shall be preserved.

I, Charles Miles hereby pledge myself to an Unconditional Loyalty to the Government of the United States, to an unwavering support of its efforts to suppress the Rebellion and to spare no endeavor to maintain unimpaired the National Unity, and to defend and perpetuate Freedom and the Union. I pledge my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor, So help me God.
Charles Miles

This is to certify that _________ of _________ by virtue of having subscribed to the above Pledge and taken the obligation it imposes is hereby recognized as a member of the National Union League of the United States of America
Dated this 18 day of Feb A.D. 1865 [Originally 1863]
James Irwin [?] President. J.M. Edmunds Grand President. [Judge James M. Edmunds was Grand President from 1862-1869]
Lewis Elwell [?] Secretary. W.R. Irwin Grand Secretary

Lang & Cooper. Lith 117 Fulton St. N.Y. Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year of 1863 by H.W. Hewet in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Geographic Locations MentionedUnited States of America
Digital PublisherWestern Illinois University Libraries
Length of DocumentOne Page
RightsWIU Libraries Archives & Special Collections -- All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use these images, contact the Western Illinois University Archives and Special Collections at malpass-archives@wiu.edu.
CollectionRegional History Collection (Western Illinois University)
Date DigitizedMay 2011
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