American Recruiting Kit
In late July, 1776, the American Army numbered about 20,000 men, but by December the Army had dwindled down to 6,000 men. Discouraging losses in 1776 caused a recruiting problem that stayed with the army through the rest of the Revolution. Enlistments, originally for only one year, were changed to three years, and bounties were authorized to try to help bolster the army’s ranks. This packet contains documents that were undoubtedly used to help find the manpower needed to win freedom for the young United States.
- 1776 Recruiting Poster- This well-known poster contains the terms of enlistment, amenities and the oath of allegiance that every recruit repeated when entering the army.
- Authorization to Recruit- This poster contains the rules and regulations that were supposed to be followed by recruiting officers.
- Army Organization Chart- New regulations passed in early 1778 fixed the salary structure for each rank in each branch of service.
- Cavalry Recruiting Instructions – In 1778 the Army tried to recruit “young gentlemen of property and spirit” into the Cavalry with this proclamation.
- Six 1776 Enlistment forms - This was one of the first enlistment papers used by the Continental army.