Volunteer for the U.S. Navy!


The Navy created this recruiting poster in 1863, hoping to encourage men to volunteer. The Navy offered wages ranging from $12 to 18 a month for the lowest ranks, plus an extra $1.50 for grog, or alcohol. Sailors enlisting under this recruiting drive avoided being drafted into the Army, where pay was $13 a month.

National Archives, Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library


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