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SAMUEL HOUSTON SHARP

 

Basic Information

Name
SAMUEL HOUSTON SHARP
Birth
About 1839
Texas
Death
About 1885
Houston County, Texas
Time In Service
From: 1862
To: 1865

Affiliation

Allegiance
Confederate States of America (American Civil War)
Branch of Service
Not Specified
Rank
Not Specified
Unit(s)
Not Specified
Specialty
Not Specified
Current Status
Not Specified

Service Record

War
American Civil War
Battle(s)
Not Specified

Honors & Awards

Award(s)
Not Specified

Sam Sharp :: Texas Cavalry

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...   [ Read more » ]

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Epitaphist added this on 28 May 2008