This Day (First Draft Edition)

Published:April 16, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe

On this day in 1862, the Confederate Congress passed the first Conscription Act, making all white males between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five eligible to be drafted into military service. This was the first such draft in United States history.

IMAGE: A poster urges young men to avoid conscription by volunteering for the Confederate army; Charleston, Tennessee, 1862 (Library of Congress)