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Enlistment of Sickles' Brigade, N.Y. (Plate 6).

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Identifier: P0293-0745

Title: Enlistment of Sickles' Brigade, N.Y. (Plate 6).

Description: Print of several men standing outside of a liquor store with a sign that says "Five Points" near the door. One man is holding another sign that reads "The Capitol in danger Sickles Brigade to the Rescue!!!." An officer in the foreground has a note on his hat that reads "Colonel Sickles Brigade" and a woman in dress hovers above the crowd holding pipes in front of a sign that reads "Pipes for the noble saviors of their country by Mrs. Higby." Handwritten on back: "Enlistment of Sickles Brigade" The title refers to New York Congressman Colonel Daniel Sickles and his "Excelsior Brigade" recruited from New York's crime-ridden Five Points area. Sickles is depicted in the upper left distributing Bibles to recruits. The etching was one of ten pro-Confederate political cartoons drawn by Adalbert J. Volck in 1863 and published under the pseudonym V. Blada as "Sketches from the Civil War in North America." The initial edition of the cartoons was distributed to subscribers and was limited to 200 copies. Alternate title for this print is "Recruiting Sickles' Brigade in New York, May, 1861."


Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1863

Type(s): Etching

Maker/Creator: Adalbert John Volck

Subjects: etching
V. Blada
black and white
Civil War, 1861-1865
Political cartoons
Sketches from the Civil War in North America
Daniel Sickles
Excelsior Brigade
low life
Recruiting and enlistment
union troops
Recruiting Sickles' Brigade in New York May 1861


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