Spotted this at Fort Clinch on Amelia Island, FL. It was posted on a wall with a bunch of facsimile Civil War era documents. For a brief moment, I thought I'd slipped sideways into an alternate time line in which the Union Army recruited female engineers, until I actually read the whole thing.
Much as I'd like this to be an example of Civil War era humor, I think it must be a modern parody. I don't think that the sans-serif font used for "YOUNG LADIES WANTED" is period, not to mention that the use of at least 4 different typefaces at various sizes and weights smacks of something created using a computer, not hand-set type.
Still, it's nice to know that the folks in our national park service are having a bit of fun.
YOUNG LADIES WANTED
A Few Places Yet Left!
Are offered YOUNG LADIES in the Engineers.
COME INTO THE ENGINEERS & BE HAPPY
The ENGINEER CORPS are stationed exclusively on the SEABOARD! Young ladies fond of Oysters! Crabs! Eels! Turtles! Catfish! or Clam Soup! may enjoy this diet all the year round by securing a husband in the ENGINEERS!! LARGE FORTUNES considered no objection in the Engineer Corps! Consumptive and delicate YOUNG LADIES of large means, try the Engineer Corps and the Sea Air! YOUNG LADIES mourning the loss of wealthy and indulgent parents, and with no sympathizing brothers and sisters, seek consolation in the Engineer Corps. A hearty welcome is offered; the pleasures of a home by the sounding sea are secured; sympathizing hearts are found; and true happiness is warranted only in the ENGINEER CORPS! TRY IT! TRY IT!
APPLY EARLY. Offers received for a few days only.