be in charge of an experienced soldier recently commissioned, or of a man ambitious for such preferment.
The flaming advertisements with which the newspapers of the day teemed, and the posters pasted on the bill-boards or the country fence, were the decoys which brought patronage to these fishers of men. Here is a sample:--
The undersigned has this day been authorized and directed to fill up the ranks of these regiments forthwith.
A grand opportunity is afforded for patriotic persons to enlist in the service of their country under the command of as able officers as the country has yet furnished.
Pay and rations will begin immediately on enlistment.
“Uniforms also provided!”
Citizens of Massachusetts should feel pride in attaching themselves to regiments from their own State, in order to maintain the proud supremacy which the Old Bay State now enjoys in the contest for the Union and the Constitution.
The people of many of the towns and cities of the Commonwealth have made ample provision for those joining the ranks of the army.
If any person enlists in a Company or Regiment out of the Commonwealth, he cannot share in the bounty which has been thus liberally voted.
Wherever any town or city has assumed the privilege of supporting the families of Volunteers, the Commonwealth reimburses such place to the amount of $12 per month for families of three persons.
Patriots desiring to serve the country will bear in mind that “The General Recruiting Station is at No. 14 Pitts Street, Boston!”
William W. Bullock, General Recruiting Officer, Massachusetts Volunteers. [Boston Journal of Sept. 12, 1861.]
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