Asked in US Civil WarHistory of the United StatesBattle of Gettysburg
What is the draft laws in the North during the Civil War?
March 20, 2010 11:32PM
Everybody hated the draft, and the States and Congressional Districts were told that if they could fill their quota through volunteers alone, they would not have to draft any recruits.
To find enough volunteers, the local authorities would offer a bounty, and this attracted unscrupulous 'bounty jumpers' who would enlist, promptly desert and volunteer elsewhere for a new bounty.
The other bad policy was to allow draftees to pay a substitute to do their service for them. There were shady 'substitute brokers' who would supply low-grade recruits, often mentally defective, to fill those places in the ranks.