Dansville, N.Y. November, 1861. Printed broadside, approximately 18 3/4 x 24 inches. Top edge chipped, edges worn, center fold partially separated, a bit brittle, as usual. Still, a good copy of a rare piece of historical ephemera. Item #WRCAM54025
A striking Civil War recruitment broadside filled with bold text inviting the citizens of East Avon, N.Y. to meet at the Brick Church on the evening of Nov. 19, 1861, to hear speakers including W.H.C. Hosmer and Job C. Hedges, Esq. discuss the recently-engaged Civil War and "its merits." Text at the bottom of the broadside explains that at the end of the meeting, men will have an opportunity to join the "Gallant Thirteenth Regiment the most Popular, best Fed, best Clothed, and most comfortably Quartered Regiment on the Potomac." Broadside undersigned in print by the recruiting officer, Lieut. C. S. Benjamin. The Thirteenth Regiment of New York was organized at Elmira, N.Y. and mustered into the Union Army on April 25, 1861. The Regiment was transferred from state service to federal service later that same year in August. From 1861-1863, the Regiment participated in numerous crucial conflicts including the Advance on Manassas, the First Battle of Bull Run, the Siege of Yorktown, the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, and many others. During its service, the regiment lost a total of one hundred men to battle and disease. Included in their ranks was the notable Private Myron H. Ranney, who received the Medal of Honor for his service at the First Battle of Bull Run. One of the speakers mentioned in this broadside is William Howe Cuyler Hosmer, a poet born in Avon, N.Y. who graduated from the University of Vermont in 1841 where he studied law. Hosmer had a particular fascination with Native Americans, and spent time amongst the tribes of Florida and Wisconsin studying their culture. One of his most famous poems, "Yonnondio, or Warriors of Genesee" is said to have inspired Walt Whitman to write his own poem of the same name. Hosmer would have been a particularly interesting speaker to hear at the event advertised in this broadside.