Category Archives: Draft

December 31, 1863: No more rebel substitutes

The Richmond Daily Dispatch approves of the passage of a bill eliminating the practice of hiring substitutes to serve for drafted men in the south. The practice contributed to the “rich man’s war, poor man’s fight” unrest, and the Dispatch … Continue reading

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December 22, 1863: Votes on the draft and black troops

The New York Times reports a couple of congressional votes on troop enlistments — one to draft equally from everyone, regardless of class, and another to enlist black troops. The Military Committee of the House to-day recommended the entire abolition … 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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July 22, 1863: Those Yankee despots

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July 20, 1863: Dispatch admonishes everyone to enlist

The Richmond Daily Dispatch comments on Jefferson Davis’ proclamation, in which he orders “all [male white] persons between the ages of 18 and 45” to report for duty. The editor reminds potential evaders that they can be shot for desertion … Continue reading

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July 15, 1863: Draft riots continue

The New York Times reports on the continuing draft riots in the city, but avows that most of the rioters are motivated by plunder. The reign of the mob which was inaugurated on Monday morning has not yet ceased, although … Continue reading

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July 13, 1863: New York Draft Riots

The mob in New York had a frenzied reaction to the new draft law. Many of the rioters appear to have held the black residents of the city as responsible for the war, and struck out against them indiscriminately. Infamously, … 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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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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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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