Civil War Union Documents
Voters of Canton, Maine Called to Meet and Act on Raising Money to Pay as Bounty to Volunteers for Filling President Lincoln’s Call for 300,000 Soldiers on October 17th, 1863
November 7, 1863-Dated Civil War Period, Historic Content Recruiting & Bounty Money Related Manuscript Document Signed, “Selectmen of Canton,” County of Oxford, (Maine), Choice Very Fine.
Extremely rare original Civil War Manuscript Document call for holding a Special Meeting of the Town Voters, 2 pages, measuring 8” x 9.75”, at Canton, (Maine). Being a Warrant to “Gideon Ellis Jr.” to, in part: “... to notify and warn the inhabitants of the town of Canton qualified by law to vote in town affairs to assemble... to act upon the following articles...”
First. - To choose a moderator
Second. - To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to pay as bounty to volunteers to fill the quota of said town under the call of the President of the United States, dated October 17th 1863, for 300,000 men...
Third. - To see in what way the town will raise any money voted...”.
The blank reverse side has Gideon Ellis’s response, as to where he posted his copies of this Warrant in the town as ordered, “... in public and conspicuous places in said town on the ninth day of November 1863, being seven days before the time for holding said meeting.” Overall, a remarkable content Document specific to the inhabitants of a single town in Maine and its impact of needing to raise its quota of soldiers to send off to fight in the Civil War for the Union Army, thus fulfilling President Abraham Lincoln’s official call for 300,000 more men to fight for the Union. Nicely penned in deep rich brown ink, easily readable and on clean wove period paper. Excellent for display.