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Enlistment of Sickles Brigade, c.1880-90 (etching)

497523 Enlistment of Sickles Brigade, c.1880-90 (etching)
by Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912); 26.1x34.8 cm; Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York, USA; (add.info.: Shows the duplicitous agents of Daniel Sickles recruiting the brigade he raised and equipped himself at considerable expense. A throng of bedraggled men congregate around a Federal officer who holds out a medal and wears a "Colonel Sickle's Brigade" sign on his hat. Even the dog listens intently to his rousing words. A sign reads, "The Capital in danger. Sickles Brigade to the Rescue!!!" The brigade was raised during the summer of 1861 and joined the Union Army as the Sickles or Excelsior Brigade in December 1861. Volck depicts the recruitment taking place amongst the rag-tag immigrant residents of the seedy Five Points neighborhood of New York City. Shows Sickles inviting men into the liquor store in the left foreground, trying to manipulate the recruitment of unsuspecting youths. Background shows a mini-riot taking place amongst what appears to be drunken men. Background also shows a tumult around a woman who is giving away free pipes to convince the men to join and a missionary looking heavenward, Bibles in his hands, his arms outstretched. To emphasize the irreverence of the motley crowd below, Volck has an unseen prankster removing the preacher's wig from an upstairs window. This image fits Volck's theme that Northern numerical supremacy depended on using of the dregs of Europe to fight its battles. ); A© Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History ; German, out of copyright

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