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A Statement By a Union Soldier

King & Baird
Philadelphia, PA
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overall: 19 in x 12 in
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This 1864 campaign broadside features a sworn statement by a Union soldier who had been taken prisoner in Richmond, Virginia. The soldier, Franklin Schwenk, testifies that in order to escape imprisonment, he swore to vote for George B. McClellan. He claims other prisoners, who said that they would vote for Abraham Lincoln were not paroled, but instead remained imprisoned. The document contains the 'mark' of Schwenk in the bottom right, where his name is printed in bold font. Below, to the left, are the names of two witnesses present. In the center of the bottom of the page is a "sworn and subscribed statement" and date, followed by the name of Henry W. Kratz, Justice of the Peace. Kratz's name is printed in slightly bold font and is in the bottom right corner of the page. For more information about this broadside, see "Lincoln Lore" number 1730, April, 1982, pages 1-2. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum