Rally Round the Flag!

Introduction

Rally 'Round The Flag Boys

Rally Round The Flag!
This recruiting poster of the 23rd MI Infantry
was typical of the kind once the draft was
implemented.  In addition to avoiding the
stigma of being drafted, the US Government,
and often local communities, offered cash
bounties to encourage men to enlist.
EA.5b, Out box, Civil War Recruiting Posters,
Vertical File Collection

The American Civil War was a pivotal point in the history of the United States. It is estimated that almost 3.5 million soldiers served both North and South. More than 600,000 Americans died as a result of the conflict.

The Civil War was one of the first heavily documented and photographed wars in American history. Conducting warfare was not just a military process, but a bureaucratic process which produced millions of records. Soldiers wrote letters to family, friends, and even newspapers, in numbers never before seen. War correspondents covered that action from close to the front lines. Photographers such as Matthew Brady and Andrew Gardner documented the horrors of the battlefield.

After the war, veterans joined together to form fraternal organizations to make sure that the sacrifices of their comrades were not forgotten.

 

 

This online exhibit was created in the Winter of 2011, by Matthew Adair, a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information.