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Volck's image is a negative comment on the Northern practice of permitting men to replace them in the draft. The image depicts well-dressed man admitting another man into a public house where substitutes are for sale. The entryway door has a sign posted that states substitutes are for sale and indicates that they are "ablebodied men." The substitutes include lower-class men, including black individuals. In the background hangs an "Honest Abe" poster.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/buying-substitute-north-during-war (accessed June 19, 2018).
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
8 X 10 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
etching on paper
Recto, above image at left: 7 recto, in image, sign on door: Substitutes/for sale/Suply of ablebodied/men always/on hand/[signature]
Satire, American; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Caricatures and cartoons
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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