Category Archives: Conscription

March 10, 1865: Eliminating the 15-slave exemption

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that the Confederate congress has finally repealed the “15-slave exemption” which allowed one white male of draft age to be exempted from service for each 15 slaves owned. It was much resented by poor citizens … Continue reading

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January 24, 1865: The 15-slave exemption

The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes that the Confederate House of Representatives has voted to repeal the exemption for one white overseer for every 15 slaves — a sore point with the “rich man’s war, poor man’s fight” crowd. But the … Continue reading

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January 23, 1865: South won’t really arm slaves

Ever wonder why it’s always the same picture of a “Black Confederate”? **************************************************************** The New York Times points out that, although the South is finally talking about arming slaves, they can’t seriously hope to have a significant number of them … Continue reading

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January 19, 1865: Southern discomfort

The New York Times runs a collection of items from Southern papers critical of Confederate leadership. There’s a very pointed critique of Jefferson Davis. As usual, the Charleston Mercury is appalled at the thought of arming slaves — the editor … Continue reading

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January 2, 1865: Robbing the cradle and the grave

The Confederates expanded conscription in 1864 to encompass all men from 17 to 50. This was commonly derided as “robbing the cradle and the grave.” In this news item, the writer turns the phrase on its head praising young Union … Continue reading

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July 28, 1863: Draft in Georgia

As noted earlier, the CSA had put out a call for all white men 18 to 45 years of age to be drafted into the service. Here the governor of Georgia adds his support, revoking even the exemption of men … Continue reading

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February 20, 1863: Conscription in the North

New York Times backs the conscription law. It needs some help, because it was rather unpopular, especially among northern Democrats. The National Conscription A New Pledge of Success. The Conscription Act, which has just passed the Senate, is the grandest … Continue reading

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December 2, 1862: Resisting the draft in Tennessee

As noted recently, there was some resistance to the draft within the Confederacy. While the Georgia legislature lodged a pro forma protest, citizens in Lincoln County, TN (home of Jack Daniels, BTW) took more direct action. NASHVILLE, Tuesday, Dec. 2. … Continue reading

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November 28, 1862: Georgia says conscription unconstitutional

[Cartoon showing the balloonist Leonidas helping draft evaders] While the draft was unpopular both in the North and the South, the south had a particular problem. It’s a bit difficult, when your country is founded on the rights of the … Continue reading

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September 18, 1862: Rabbis should be exempt from the draft

The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes that the Confederate conscription act exempted Christian ministers, but the wording would have excluded rabbis — they argue that this should be remedied. Oh, and while we’re at it, newspaper editors should be exempt too. … Continue reading

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