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Swearing in the volunteers
"General Thomas Swearing in the Volunteers Called into the Service of the United States at Washington, D.C." From Harper's Weekly. New York: April 27, 1861. Cover illustration, with text on bombardment of Fort Sumter. 7 x 9. Wood engraving.

After the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12th, President Lincoln felt he had the moral high ground and a strong political advantage because it was the southern states that had initiated hostilities. On April 15th, he proclaimed that a state of insurrection existed and he called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion. There was general enthusiastic support for Lincoln and men rushed to volunteer. $25

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