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An act for "enrolling and calling out the National Forces"
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An act for "enrolling and calling out the National Forces" was signed into law on March 3, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln. This, the first effective draft by the federal g…overnment, called for all men between the ages of 18 and 45 to be enrolled into local militia units and be available to be called into national service. The draft law exempted men in some occupations, such as telegraph operators, railroad engineers, judges, and certain other government employees. Men with mental disabilities or with certain types of dependents were also exempted. Physical disabilities that would exempt a man included imperfect vision in the right eye, lack of front teeth and molars, and loss of more than one finger of the right hand or more than two fingers of the left hand. . The actual drafting of the men was the responsibility of the states, which usually used a lottery system. When the government issued a call for more troops, each state would be given a quota to fill based on its population. The number of volunteers would be subtracted from the quota and the difference would be drafted. If a draftee, volunteered before the final muster, he avoided the stigma of compulsory service and was eligible to collect a bounty of $100 from the federal government plus additional bounties from the state and local communities. In total, the bounties could exceed $500, which was about the average yearly wage in those days. States considered it a matter of pride to fill their quotas without having to resort to the draft. . A draftee could gain an exemption by paying a fee of $300 or by hiring a substitute. The obvious inequity of this provision prompted the cry of "rich man's war, but poor man's fight." The bounty system also made possible the enrichment of a large number of unscrupulous persons called "bounty jumpers." These men would enlist to collect their bounty, then desert and enlist somewhere else and collect another bounty.
It could certainly look that way. In the North, a draftee could pay a substitute to join up in his place. This obviously favoured rich families. And the arrangement was often …brokered by cynical profiteers who would send all kinds of physically or mentally unfit men into the army. Profiteers would also make a fortune supplying the armies with inferior weapons, equipment and horses. These profiteers were loathed and despised by both sides.
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i think it was Abe Lincoln
This is a saying used for other wars too. It means that rich people don't have to fight, while poor people(in the US Civil War time) couldn't pay off the draft fee so they… were forced to go.
In the context not only of the American Civil War but of many other wars, as well, the phrase "rich man's war and poor man's fight" is a significant one. Its basic meaning… is that, while wealthy leaders may cause wars, it is the poor people who end up doing the actual fighting -- and dying.
Nothing The taste of being poor.
The war was often called 'A rich man's war but a poor man's fight'. This meant that the poor were having to do the fighting for the interests of the rich. Also the Union side …allowed a conscript to pay a substitute to serve in his place. This was very bad for morale, and the substitutes were often the scum of the earth, who deserted and then found another rich conscript to pay him to do his service for him. Grant reckoned that not one in eight of these substitutes rendered any useful service in the front line.
'A rich man's war, but a poor man's fight'. Because there were a lot of war profiteers who were a long way from the fighting. Also in the North, a young man from a well-off fa…mily could pay a substitute to do his service for him.
This was being said on both sides. In the South, a lot of poor whites felt they were fighting for rich planters, not in uniform, to continue their life of feudal privilege. In… the North, there was a bad law that allowed highly-placed young men to pay a substitute to enlist in their place. This not only caused much resentment; it flooded the armies with men of low ability and dubious character, supplied by unscrupulous brokers. As for this Mr. Watson, I don't know who he was, and would be interested to know.
In US Civil War
Like most wars it centered largely around economics. The wealthy plantation owners of the south feared that the federal government would someday abolish slavery thus costing t…hem a valuable source of labor. The south had a good deal of wealth and the northern merchants feared losing these markets. That is why the north would not let the southern states go freely. The war began as a fight to preserve the union of states but later in the war Lincoln brilliantly issued the Emancipation Proclamation thus turning the war from a fight to preserve the union into one to free slaves. This stroke of brilliance from Lincoln ensured that France and Britain would not enter into the war on the side of the Confederacy. Doing so would have been politically risky for those European powers who had recently themselves abolished slavery.
People in the South referred to the Civil War as "The rich mans' war and the poor mans' fight" because the North [the rich men] due to the industrial revolution had more money… and you tactics and weapons one might use in a major war. While the South [the poor men] were still economically based through agriculture and did not have the extra money the North had because they stayed that way and did not industrialised the South had to use more common weapons and different tactics to match up with the weapons they had to use.
It meant poor white trash fighting for the continued wealth of slave-owners
a rich man can be poor aswell
In US Civil War
Rich men could pay a man to take their place in the draft. Therefore poor men fought in a rich man's place.