Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Another is "Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations"--an incarnation of a war memory. A Federal officer with a cap lifted is administering the oath to a Southern lady, sorrow and poverty stricken. With one hand on the head of her little boy, who clings in fear to his mother, and with her face turned away, she swears allegiance to a government that perhaps her husband and blood kin have died to destroy; while, to increase the suggestiveness, a gaping negro looks idly upon the scene. It is a statuette of very high merit; but why perpetuate a memory which can create nothing but fierce and angry feelings in the hearts of all beholders* [P. 83; exhibited under heading: "SCULPTURE." See entry 02570085 for related commentary.]
Tenth Annual Report of the Saint Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. Prepared for Publication by John T. Tracy. St. Louis: Missouri Democrat Book and Job Printing House. 1871.