A large certificate for a volunteer serving in the Union army to suppress the rebellion of 1861. In the center stands a woman, probably Columbia, holding two laurel wreaths and the Constitution. She extends her protection over a mother and child and a cowering young boy at her feet. In the left foreground a Union volunteer stands alert, holding a bayonet. A cannon and its broken carriage wheel lie on the ground at right. In the right background is a view of the State House in Philadelphia; in the left background is a ship.
Below the text is the seal of the State of Pennsylvania with the scales of justice above it.