Furnishing of substitutes previous to draft. (Circular no. 19.)

Washington: War Department, Provost Marshal General's Office, May 26, 1864. Broadside, approx. 9½" x 7½", previous folds, else fine. Docketed in ink on verso. "The following opinion of Hon. William Whiting, Solicitor of the War Department, is published for the information and guidance of all officers of this bureau..." Signed in type by Provost Marshall General James Fry, conveying the legal opinion of Whiting, in accordance with government act of February 24, 1864, that substitutes may be presented at the place of one's residence, rather than at the potential draftee's home. The text of a clarification, Circular No. 49, is appended: Circular 19 "was issued to accommodate those actually absent from their residences, who...might desire to furnish substitutes without being put to the inconvenience of returning to their states or homes ... It is not to be construed or used as authorizing recruiting in one state for the credit of another..." Not found in OCLC. Item #55612

Price: $250.00

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