Printed broadside, 26 x 40 in. To Horse! First Regiment New England Cavalry! N.d. ca 1861. Broadside features large, bold title with text underneath that reads, "Gov. Sprague of R. I. having been authorized by the War Department to raise a Regiment of Picked Men, to be called the First New England Cavalry, To be drawn by quota from the several New England States, Gov. Berry of New Hampshire has authorized the subscribers to enlist the first Company from this State, which is to be the First Company of said Regiment." Broadside boasts that "Horses of Uniform Color, High Mettle and Bottom" will be provided by the State. Interestingly, certain standards are listed for potential recruits including, "The men must be temperate, trusty and reliable, five feet six inches to six feet four inches in height and from 135 to 165 pounds weight, and to be bold and fearless riders." Broadside specifically advertises a need for "2 Buglers, 2 Farriers and Blacksmiths, 1 Saddler, and 1 Waggoner" in the First Company. Text at bottom directs those interested in enlisting or gathering more information to "Nos. 1 & 2 Masonic Temple." Broadside undersigned in print, "D.B. Nelson," and "John L. Thompson, Manchester, N.H., Oct. 1, 1861."
Provenance: Property of N. Flayderman & Co.
Broadside fully separated in three places, with other tears and brittleness at edges. Some discoloration throughout.
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