Collage created by benotforgot and first shared on her family history blog on 17 October 2009
On April 16, 1862, the Confederate Congress passed the first national conscription law in American history. All white males between 18 and 35, not legally exempt, were declared members of the Confederate Army for a term of three years or until the war ended. Those who wished to volunteer before being drafted were allowed to do so and to choose their own company. Those who did not care to enter the service were allowed to provide a substitute from "persons not liable for duty."
On April 21, 1862, the Congress set up an elaborate list of exemptions from military duty. Those included were Confederate and state civil officials, mail carriers, ferrymen, river and railway workers, telegraphic operators, miners and metalworkers, laborers in cotton and woolen factories, newspaper printers, one apothecary for each establishment, ministers of religion, professors in colleges and academies and teachers with as many as 20 pupils, teachers in deaf, dumb and blind...
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