Hillsborough Recorder (NC)
May 15, 1861
22, 1861—The oath to support the Constitution of the United States is duly
binding so long as a man is a citizen of a State of the Union. When she secedes he is no longer bound. He is a citizen of Virginia, which has ceased
to be one of the United States, and his allegiance is due to Virginia.
is my well-settled opinion, and I act upon it.
For I am as an officer bound to support the Constitution of the United
States; but when Virginia secedes, I feel I am absolved from my oath, and am
bound only to support Virginia.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]