Three Months Volunteer at Home political cartoon, 1862

This cartoon, clipped from Harper's Weekly, depicts a family scene. At right, a bearded man in military uniform sits down in an armchair and regards his children. His hat is on his knee and his knapsack and rifle are on the ground beside him. At left, a young boy, Bubby, holds a boot ja...

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Main Author: Unknown Artist (Creator)
Collection:Historical Society of Pennsylvania cartoons and caricatures collection (#3133)
Date:1862-09-20
Alternate Date:September 20, 1862
Dimensions:13.5 x 13 cm
Extent:1 clipping
Box Number:Box 1
Folder Number:Folder 28
Format: Electronic
Language:English
Published: Harper & Brothers
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Copyright:Please contact Historical Society of Pennsylvania Rights and Reproductions (rnr@hsp.org)
Online Access:https://digitallibrary.hsp.org/index.php/Detail/objects/11849
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Summary: This cartoon, clipped from Harper's Weekly, depicts a family scene. At right, a bearded man in military uniform sits down in an armchair and regards his children. His hat is on his knee and his knapsack and rifle are on the ground beside him. At left, a young boy, Bubby, holds a boot jack, wordlessly offering to help his father remove his boots; a young girl, the man's daughter, stands behind Bubby. Behind them, their mother stands at a table, pouring tea into cups. The father tells his son he won't take his boots off because he only has time to drink a cup of tea before returning to the military. The title "The Three Months Volunteer at Home" likely references the fact that militia volunteers could not legally be compelled to serve for more than three months out of the year.