Category Archives: Conscription

August 28, 1862: Draft Insurance

The New York Times editorial decries the practice of selling draft insurance. Apparently it was possible to pay an insurer who would provide a substitute for you if you were drafted into the Union forces. The editorial argues that this … Continue reading

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March 28, 1862: Davis calls for conscription

Jefferson Davis sent a letter to the Confederate Congress urging them to establish a draft. All “persons residing within the Confederate States, between the ages of 18 and 35 years, and rightfully subject to military duty” would be conscripted. Those … Continue reading

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