By Frank M. Waterman

The Union army was almost entirely made up of volunteers who were recruited, not by the federal government, but by the States which passed the responsibility down to the towns, each of which had a quota of men to provide. If the quotas were not met, deficiencies were made up by a draft. The towns went to a great expense to avoid having their men drafted. The townspeople dug deep into their pockets to create increasingly greater financial incentives for men to volunteer. Raising Lincoln’s Army tells the story of the recruitment effort in Delaware County, and in the town of Meredith particularly, primarily through newspaper articles published in the Delaware Gazette during the Civil War. Includes a compilation of the men from Meredith that served in the Civil War and their service records. 183 pages.

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