New York: Jackson, 1860s. First Edition. Item #List026
An unrecorded recruitment broadside for the 11th New York Cavalry. Col. James Swain led the regiment, which was first organized on Staten Island in late 1861. Most troops came from New York City, the site of robust recruitment in the early years of the conflict, largely from Irish and German immigrants. The regiment saw service throughout the South. The verse, in small part: “Must our nation to the rebels yield, or vainly call for aid ? / Our brethren now are in the field, shall we keep in the shade… that our cause is just, I hope and trust, there are few who can but own / As if was the rebels raised this dust, which we will soon put down. / Then if you wish to bear a hand you might not have again / A chance to join a chosen band of Mounted Riflemen.”
We find no record of the verse’s author, R.B. Nicol. Curiously, though this broadside is unrecorded, a broadside with the same song was published in Washington, D.C. by G.F. Hardwick in 1864. A very good copy, well preserved with some light creasing and hints of foxing.