The Revolutionary War: Taking the Oath
The researcher finds that not all men were willing to enlist in the Militia or the Continental Army. Loyalists generally held their position and did not fight unless they were captured and later joined the Americans to avoid further punishment. Nevertheless, there were countless numbers of “disaffected” citizens who became enemies of the State.
Loyalty to the American cause included taking an “Oath of allegiance to the State.” The county courts were required to maintain lists of those who had taken the oath, and of those who refused.