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Soldiers in the War of 1812; Samuel Wilson, Uncle Sam's namesake, brought meat to soldiers during this war

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Illustrator James Montgomery Flagg Was Born
June 18, 1877

More than 4 million copies of the poster were printed between 1917 and 1918. The image was also used extensively in World War II. You may have seen it with the caption, "I Want You for U.S. Army," used for recruiting soldiers. Did you know there really was an Uncle Sam? In 1961, Congress recognized meat packer Samuel Wilson (1766-1854), who supplied meat to the Army during the War of 1812, as Uncle Sam's namesake. People said Wilson was fair, reliable, honest, and devoted to his country.
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