May 29, 1865
REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XIII, 758-760. For lists of pardons granted by Johnson see House Exec. Doc. 99, 39th Cong., 1st Sess.; ibid.31 and 116, 39th Cong., 2d Sess.; ibid.32, 40th Cong., 1st Sess., and ibid.16, 40th Cong., 2d Sess.
(After a reference to the amnesty proclamations of December 8, 1863, and March 26, 1864, the proclamation grants amnesty to all persons who have participated in the existing rebellion, subject to the exceptions indicated, and on condition of taking and subscribing the following oath:)
"I, ----, do solemnly swear, (or affirm,) in presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the union of the States thereunder; and that I will, in like manner, abide by, and faithfully support all laws, and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves. So help me God."
The following classes of persons are excepted from the benefits of this Proclamation:--
1st. All who are or shall have been pretended civil or diplomatic officers, or otherwise domestic or foreign agents, of the pretended confederate government;
2d. All who left judicial stations under the United States to aid the rebellion;
3d. All who shall have been military or naval officers of said pretended confederate government above the rank of colonel in the army or lieutenant in the navy;
4th. All who left seats in the Congress of the United States to aid the rebellion;
5th. All who resigned or tendered resignations of their commissions in the army or navy of the United States to evade duty in resisting the rebellion;