8 December 2015
[CIVIL WAR]. Enlistment poster, displayed in Southbridge, Massachusetts, December 9, 1864. Oversize folio 38 x 17 in. (Even age-toning, minor marginal repairs). In an early wooden frame.
LOOKOUT FOR ANOTHER DRAFT! A dramatic poster, calling for enlistments and touting the generous cash bonuses that may be warranted from various times and length of service. Veterans in particular who have already served, may enlist in General Winfield Scott Hancock's corps: “Lookout for another draft! Fortunes made by Volunteering! Liberal Bounties are offered to Volunteers, in anticipation of an early draft of men “to reinforce the Union armies. The officers of Southbridge give notice that Liberal Bounties are offered to Volunteers,” these include a call for $20,000 for Winfield Scott Hancock’s Veterans Wanted (Winfield Scott Hancock 1824 – 1886). The bounties available are carefully laid out, and range from $100 to $1,000. Those wishing to enlist are told to report to the Selectmen of Southbridge.
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