During the summer of 1865 U.S. Army officers traveled the state administering "oaths of allegiance" to former Confederates. The oaths affirmed allegiance to the U.S. government and were a prerequisite for restoration of voter rights. Oaths were signed by over 50,000 individuals before the election of constitutional covention delegates on 31 August 1865. The oaths were also known as loyalty oaths, amnesty oaths, or registration oaths. Alabama probate judges accepted and recorded the oaths foe each county.