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Rivers, William J. To the Youth of Alabama: We are calling to arms! [recruitment broadside]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06851 Author/Creator: Rivers, William J. Place Written: Sommerfield, Alabama Type: Broadsides Date: 1864/03/25 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Recruiting "Cavalry to be composed of those under [age] 18" to fight under Gen. Pillow. Once mounted in an album or scrapbook. On verso were adhered four undated newsclippings: two poems, one news story describing the positions of former Confederate leaders, and one 3-line joke.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Recruitment, Confederate States of America, Cavalry, Confederate General or Leader, Reconstruction, Poetry, Humor and Satire

Sub Era: The American Civil War