Rare Civil War certificate of non-liability pass to Mr. Ancon DeLany serve in the Union Army and the Civil War August 23rd 1864. Ancon has paid another young man to fight in his place and in turn has a substitute to take up arms. This practice was not widely common but did occur for those who were from wealthy families who could afford to hire a substitute for battle. The payment many times would be quite hefty and in some cases would be placed in escrow when this hired gun would return fulfilling their contract. This document was carried by Ancon nearly everywhere he traveled and most certainly it had to be shown on multiple occasions to military and public officials. The document states Ancon is from Galen in Wayne County, New York. A lot of these documents were destroyed after the war to mask the shame and embarrassment of not serving.
9 x 11 inches with natural folds.
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