“I want you to take the oath …”

5/25/1865

Martha Cockrone wrote this letter on May 25, 1865, after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. In it she asked her husband, a Confederate prisoner of war, to take the oath of allegiance and come home. Her words offer a glimpse into civilian life and show how families coped at home while husbands, sons, brothers, and fathers were at war.

National Archives, War Department Collection of Confederate Records


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