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Buying a substitute in the North during the war, c.1880-90 (etching)

Contrary to Volck's depiction of the North's policy of allowing substitution in the army, the South also followed the same practice for a period of ti

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Buying a substitute in the North during the war, c.1880-90 (etching)
IMAGE number
GLC497524
Title
Buying a substitute in the North during the war, c.1880-90 (etching)
Artist
Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) / German
Location
Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York, USA
Medium
etching
Date
c. 1880 AD - c. 1890 AD (C19th AD)
Dimensions
26.1x34.8 cms
Description
Contrary to Volck's depiction of the North's policy of allowing substitution in the army, the South also followed the same practice for a period of time. On 16 April 1862 the Confederate Congress adopted a conscription act which also allowed for substitution. It was not until after the price of substitution soared above in gold that the Confederacy abolished the measure. The Union continued to allow the practice of substitution throughout the war and approximately six to eight percent of the Union army included substitutes. Image comments negatively upon the Northern policy of allowing men to find a substitute to take their place in the draft. Shows a well-dressed and dandified agent with a holstered pistol showing a timid gentleman into a low class pub where the shyster agent is displaying the men the gentleman can buy as a substitute. The door has a sign pasted to it that says "Substitutes for sale supply of ablebodied men always on hand." Volck satirizes the claim that these are "ablebodied men," by depicting lower-class drunks and card players in a pub. Two blacks also appear to among the choices the gentleman can make. A poster of "Honest Abe" is in the background.
Photo credit
© Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
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