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Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight


Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight


Many southerners called the Civil War "a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight." The Confederacy instituted a military draft in 1862, but included many exemptions that allowed the wealthy to avoid service. By 1864, however, the Confederacy was so desperate for soldiers that any white men aged 16 to 65 were eligible. (UNC School of Education, “The Raleigh Standard protests conscription”)


UNC School of Education. “The Raleigh Standard protests conscription.” Learn NC: North Carolina Digital History. (Accessed November 20, 2012).

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