GENERAL ORDERS, No. 5. HEADQUARTERS SAINT LOUIS DISTRICT,
Saint Louis, Mo., December 6, 1861.
I. To carry out the arrangemnents for protecting the commerce of the Mississippi as required by General Orders, No. 4. of this district, the oath embodied in paragraph II and the blanks for names and description are prescribed for the use of the boats and houses engaged in this trade. This oath is also prescribed as the oath of allegiance to be taken and subscribed in obedience to paragraph V of General Orders, No. 13, of the Department of the Missouri, and in all other cases in this command when an oath of allegiance is authorized and required.
II. Oath of allegiance to the Ummited States Govermiment:
I solemnly swear that I will bear true allegiance to the United States and support and sustain the Constitution and laws thereof; that I will maintain the national sovereignty paramount to that of all State, county or confederate powers; that I will discourage, discountenance and forever oppose secession, rebellion and disintegration of the Federal Union; that I disclaim and denounce all faith and fellowship with the so-called Confederate States and Confederate armies and pledge my honor, my property and my life to the sacred performance of this my solemn oath of allegiance to the Government of the United States of America.
By order of Brigadier-General Curtis: N. P. CHIPMAN, Major and Actinq Assistant Adjutant-General.
However here are examples from early periods. From the American War for Independence.
First Enlistment Oath.
I _____ swear (or affirm as the case may be) to be trued to the United States of America, and to serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies opposers whatsoever; and to observe and obey the orders of the Continental Congress, and the orders of the Generals and officers set over me by them.
I _____ have, this day, voluntarily enlisted myself, as a soldier, in the American continental army, for one year, unless sooner discharged: And I do bind myself to conform, in all instances, to such rules and regulations, as are, or shall be, established for the government of the said Army
Third Oath -First under the Constitution
I, A.B., do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will support the constitution of the United States.
I, A.B., do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) to bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and to serve them honestly and faithfully, against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever, and to observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States of America, and the orders of the officers appointed over me.