Certificate in favor of Substitute Soldier, mustered into the service by the [New York] County Substitute Committee, under the ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors, October 26, 1863, and approved by the Mayor, October 31, 1863. Reg. no. 5049, Certificate no. 5049. New York County Substitute Committee to the Hon. Matthew T. Brennan, Comptroller, &c.
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New York : New York County Substitute Committee, 1864.
Text : I, August Rahlfs, for and in consideration of the sum of $300 to me in hand paid by Orison Blunt, do hereby assign to said Orison Blunt, all claim I have against the County of New York, for and in consideration of .... having been mustered into the United States service, under the provisions of the Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors, passed October 26, 1863, and duly approved by the Mayor, October 31, 1863. Given this 12th day of February, 1864. [Signed] August Rahlfs. Witness [signed] C. J. M. Burke.
Substitute Soldier documents. The Draft Riots in New York City in 1863 were in good part brought about because of the inequity of the law wherein a man with the means could pay $300 to get out of service in the Union Army. Most of the Irish would not be able to make such a payment and would, therefore, be required to serve in the Army. These Soldier Substitute documents record how one August Rahlfs of 532 Pearl Street agreed on February 12, 1864, to be paid the $300 bounty to go in place of another man.
Physical description: 2 leaves ; folded 32 x 22 cm + 18 x 22 cm.
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