Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Talking About That Recruiting Poster-- Part 1

The posters serves as a great primary source as it gives a good account of service in the Union's Civil War Navy. //// First off, joining the Navy was a good way to avoid getting drafted by the Conscription Bill (the Draft). Getting drafted meant going into the Army and generally, being on a ship is safer than fighting on land, especially considering the weakness of the Confederate Navy. Plus, you had a guaranteed place to sleep and food. //// I'm not sure of the date of the poster, but the CWNC had it in the September 1863 section. They wanted 1,000 men to enlist for just 12 months. I think at the time, Army enlistees were joining either for 3 years or duration of the war. So, you wouldn't have to serve as long. But, I'm sure, recruiting officers would push for the longer enlistments. ---Old B-R'er

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