Fundraising, 19th-century style
Sheridan's ride. [Cincinnati?, 1865?]
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This small eight-page pamphlet evocatively conveys the grim post-war reality faced by many Union Army veterans. It contains several Civil War-themed poems, including "Sheridan's Ride' and "Our Soldiers' Families, a prologue delivered on the occasion of an amateur performance of Hamlet, for the benefit of the soldiers' families in Cincinnati, February 6, 65." But its true purpose as a fundraising aid for disabled veterans is made clear by the front cover text: "This book for sale. Patronize the honorably discharged, one armed soldier. GIVE AS YOU WISH."