Hand-altered court records are subtle evidence of the birth of the Confederate States of America. The short-lived Confederate courts continued to use the Federal court records books of the pre-secession period. With a bit of crucial, hand-done editing, forms from these record books allowed "foreigners" from Rhode Island, New York, and other "foreign homelands" to declare their intention to become citizens of the Confederate States of America.

Citation: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs