Jewish Officer Ferdinand Levy Recruits a Soldier into the Famed Les Enfants Perdu Regiment

March 13, 1862

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Jewish Officer Ferdinand Levy Recruits a Soldier into the Famed Les Enfants Perdu Regiment
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      Here Levy, whose two brothers and father also served in the Civil War, recruits an 18 year-old soldier, Charles Andres, into the Francophile Les Enfants Perdu (the 48th New York)  in March of ’62. A surgeon certifies that he has “minutely inspected the Volunteer” and can attest “he was entirely sober when enlisted”;  is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, he has strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting services. He then identifies the 18 year-old as having gray hair.
      Document Signed, as Recruiting Officer, being a Volunteer Enlistment partially-printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 full page, quarto, emblazoned with the printed Seal of the United States, no place [New York], March 13, 1862; certifying the enlistment of 18 year old Charles Andres into Les Enfants Perdu (The Lost Children) Regiment (Independent Battalion of Infantry: the 48th New York). Co-signed by Andres and Adjutant Jno. Murray.
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      VOLUNTEER ENLISTMENT.
      STATE OF TOWN OF 

      I, Andres Charles born in Germany in the State of --- aged 18 -- years, and by occupation a Clerk DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEGE to have volunteered this 13th day of March 1862, to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority : Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations and clothing, as are, or may be, established by the law for volunteers. And I, Andres Charles, do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever ; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.

      Sworn and subscribed to, at New York

      CHARLES ANDRES

      this 13th day of March 1862.

      BEFORE

      JNO. MURRAY 

      Adj.

      I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity which would, in any way, disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier.

      EXAMINING SURGEON,

      I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted ; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age ; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service..

      This soldier has Blue eyes, Gray hair, Light complexion, is 5 feet, 3 inches high.

      Regiment of Enfants Perdu Volunteers,

      FERDINAND LEVY, 

      RECRUTIING OFFICER.
      Capt. Comp. "G" .

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      DECLARATION OF RECRUIT.

      i, _________________________ desiring

      to VOLUNTEER as a Soldier in the Army of the United States, for the term of THREE YEARS, Do declare, That I am _____________ years and ____________ months of age ; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentence of a court-martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment ; and I know of no impediment to my serving honestly sand faithfully as a soldier for three years.

      GIVEN at _______ _______ 

      The ___________ day of ___________

      Witness: _______ 

      No. _______ 

      _______ _______ _______ _______ _____ 

      Volunteered at _______ _______ _______ 

      _______ _______ _______ 18_______ ,

      By _______ _______ _______ _______ 

      _______ _______ Regiment if _______ 

                           _______ 

      _______ enlistment ; last served in Company ( )

      _______ Reg't of _______ 

      Discharged ______________ 18_______   

      CONSENT IN CASE OF MINOR.

      I, ______________ DO CERTIFY, That I am the ______________ of ______________ ; that the said ______________ is ______________ years of age ; and I do hereby freely give my CONSENT to his volunteering as a SOLDIER in the ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES for the period of THREE YEARS.

       GIVEN at ______________

      The ______________ day of ______________

      Witness :_______