Broadside, Chicago Recruiting Poster
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A Civil War Recruiting Broadside from Chicago, for the Board of Trade Regiment.
Stickney published this recruiting broadside in Chicago in response to Lincoln’s call for 300,000 more volunteers in the summer of 1862.
Unlike recruits enlisting the previous year, Stickney’s troops were promised bounties and a premium of $2 per month. Potential recruits were promised that they would be in the prestigious “Board of Trade Regiment,” and indeed, Stickney and his men were eventually included in Company C of the 72nd Illinois Infantry, which was known as the “Board of Trade” regiment, with Stickney as 2nd Lieutenant. The regiment served with distinction at Vicksburg and Franklin, among other places.
Aside from light foxing, the broadside is in remarkably fine condition, framed and matted.
Chicago Recruiting Poster (Stickney, Clifford). “To Arms! To Arms, ye Brave! / The Clerks of the Chicago Post Office have contributed a / LARGE FUND / TO RAISE A / COMPANY FOR THE WAR…” Broadside, framed, 16-1/2 x 11-1/2 in. (sight). N.p. [Galesburg House, Chicago]: 1 August, 1862.