Expose of the Knights of the Golden Circle - Member Knight




Appendix: K. G. C. Oath

Treasonable Organizations in Indiana—Further Discoveries—Oath of Second Degree.

We have received from first class authority a copy of the oath of the second degree of the K.G.C. which reads as follows:

Do you believe this to be the Word of God? (Hand on the Bible.)

Do you believe that the present war now being waged against us to be unconstitutional?

Then receive the obligation:

I ____ do solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God, that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the State in which I reside and keep it holy and unraveled.

I further promise and swear that I will go to the aid of all good and loyal Democrats, and oppose the confiscation of their property, either North or South, and I further promise and swear that I will suffer my body severed in four parts—one part east out of the east gate, one part at the west gate, one part at the north gate and one part at the south gate—before I will suffer the privilege bequeathed by our forefathers blotted out or trampled under foot forever.

I further promise and swear that I will go to the aid, from the 1st to the 4th signal, of all loyal Democrats, North or South.

I further promise and swear that I will not reveal any of the secret signs, passwords or grips to any one not legally authorized by this order, binding myself under no lees penalty than having my bowels torn out and cast to the four winds of heaven, so help me God.

I promise and swear that I will do all in my power to bring all loyal Democrats in this Circle of Hosts.

I further promise and swear that I will do all in my power against the present Yankee Abolition Disunion Administration, so help me God.

The Order voted to have a State Convention of Lodges, and wished to have it April 23rd, the day proposed for the Democratic State Convention. The prudent men of the party learned this and postponed the Convention until the latter part of May.

The signs of the Order include "battle signals" to protect the members in battle, or befriend them if captured.

[Note.—Since this work was in press (the contemplated publication coming to the knowledge of certain Knights) the author received many letters to the effect that its publication would be followed by the execution of sundry threats made upon his life. Feeling that the contract with his publisher was more binding to him than the sworn oaths of the K.G.C., he has authorized completion of the work at any an all hazards.]