BOND – STATE OF NEW YORK WASHINGTON COUNTY $100 BOND 1864
Washington County Bounty Bond, 16 ½ x 15, unissued, 1864, nicely engraved section on top, ornate border, with coupons attached.
During the Civil War, the states attempted to keep their original regiments up to strength and to create new units by offering bounties. Bonds were used by various counties and cities in the North to raise funds for bounties to entice young men to enlist into the Union Army. Each county was required to raise a certain number of soldiers to fight in the Civil War. If enough young men volunteered, everything was fine. But, if the county did not meet its quota, it was forced to "find" additional men. This was done by offering a bounty to any volunteer, paid with funds raised from the sale of these Bounty Fund Bonds.
Original fold lines, right edge has several small edge tears, and some chipping with accompanying loss of paper, a few light creases, o/w displays well, Vg condition. sbcw001