From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Sharkey Collection. Letter from B. F. Moore Jr., a former slaveholder, at Meridian, Mississippi, to Mississippi Governor William L. Sharkey at Jackson, Mississippi, refusing to take the amnesty oath. Moore states that he has always been a loyal Unionist who never willingly aided the Confederacy. He complains about the emancipation of enslaved persons, claiming that said persons are his "property" and that the government cannot take them from a loyal citizen without financial compensation. Moore believes that taking the amnesty oath would amount to admitting to treason and thus to waiving his claims for financial compensation.
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