Rally to the Rescue! Recruits Wanted for Col. Owen’s 2d Regiment, Baker’s Brigade. Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1861. Color relief print.
The Civil War dates to near halfway between the Revolution and the Great War. Graphically, it fell about midway between the two as well. Civil War recruiting posters often did include illustrations. Color was also employed to catch the eye, as was the use of a mix of typefaces and fonts. Text, however, still played a vital role, typically including explanations of both the reasons to fight and the benefits of enlisting. This approach not only reflected the materials and methods available to printers at the time, but also reflected the practicalities that enticed men to fight who might otherwise be dubious about the war.