ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Civil War Recruitment Posters

Updated on May 1, 2015
Virginia Allain profile image

In researching my Civil War ancestor, I became fascinated by all aspects of that war. If you're a Civil War buff, check out my topics.

Recruiting Soldiers for the Civil War with Posters and Rallies

Many of the troops serving in the Civil War were volunteers who joined to fight for a cause that was important to them. My great-great grandfather joined the 93rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry in Company G.

As the war dragged on, it became more difficult to raise the needed manpower and the recruitment posters offered more enticements in the form of bounties. Eventually both sides resorted to drafts.

Zazzle graphic: Cavalry! by Dividenda

Bounty Pay Was Added on Recruitment Posters as the War Needed More Soldiers

When I received my great-great grandfather's pension record, it shows he received $25 bounty for volunteering and was to be paid $75 later. He enlisted in September 1862 in Indiana.

1861 Recruiting Poster - Men of Virginia to the Rescue!

Men of Virginia, to the Rescue! 1861
Men of Virginia, to the Rescue! 1861

This broadside appealed to southerners to join up and repel the invaders from the north. Dated 1861 - Staunton, Virginia


Band Members Recruited for the War

The recruitment poster for the Manhattan Rifles gave the names of the commanding officers, Lieut. Col. George Watson and Major JNO M Freeman. I'm assuming JNO is short for Jonathan.

There was an interesting line at the bottom of the poster. The unit wanted some musicians also.

Recruiting for Captain Alfred Driver's Company

Photo taken at the museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Photo taken at the museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. | Source

Civil War Recruiting Poster - Available from Amazon

Recruitment, Bounty Pay, Draft and Substitutions in the Civil War

I recently talked with someone who's great-great grandfather enlisted under an assumed name. When he researched further, he found that he had deserted from another company. Was this a way of collecting two recruitment bounties or was there some other reason for the double enlistment?

Samples of Recruiting Posters


This Poster Shows the Bounty Offered to New Recruits

Recruitment poster on display in Pamplin, Virginia
Recruitment poster on display in Pamplin, Virginia | Source
Civil War: Recruiting Poster - Reproduction Classroom Poster
Civil War: Recruiting Poster - Reproduction Classroom Poster

Here's an example of a cavalry recruitment poster.


Wording from a Cavalry Recruiting Poster

The poster for the Lincoln Cavalry stated that it was commanded by Col. Andrew McReynold. It wants recruits who will provide their own horses and equipment. Particularly wanted are blacksmiths and farriers who will be paid extra. On the poster, it said, "50 cents a day is allowed for use of horse." That's almost better pay than the men got.

What Is Your Interest in the Civil War

Vote in the poll

See results

New York Heavy Artillary Recruitment Poster from the Civil War


Poster from Zazzle: 1st New York Heavy Artillery by Dividenda

This poster recruits for the Heavy Artillery, First Regiment New York. The names given on the poster will draw in recruits who know and trust these leaders. There is Col. T.D. Doubleday, Lieutenant Col. S. Graham, First Major H.H. Hall, Second Major Thos Allcock (Thomas).

It advertises that it will give preference to experienced soldiers, saying "good position to soldiers who have seen service." The recruiting officer is Jas B. Gran (Jason).

More Civil War Recruitment Posters from Amazon

Recruiting posters are available (framed and unframed) from Amazon.

An 1862 Washington Cavalry Recruiting Flyer

To Horse! To Horse--My All for a Horse! 1862
To Horse! To Horse--My All for a Horse! 1862

The poster offers a bounty and tells what the monthly pay will be.


© 2011 Virginia Allain

Tell Me about Your Interest in the Civil War

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      nicely done

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I hadn't seen most of these before, very nicely done. It's so sad that the posters read "a few good men needed" when they knew they were almost certainly going to be used as rifle fodder.

    • waldenthreenet profile image


      7 years ago

      Appreciating your specialized knoweldge of Civil War and enjoyed visiting your lens. I now know more about the Civil War . Thanks so much.

    • Nancy Hardin profile image

      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Another great addition to your challenge. You're going to make it just fine...but I knew you would!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)