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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 21, 1862

Conscription Act Exemptions

The previous week the Confederate Congress had enacted a conscription law, which required military service for all men between the ages of 18 and 35. It did allow buying substitutes, but had no other exemptions except for physical disability. On this day other exemptions were added. Also excused from military service were boat pilots, druggists, educators, hospital employees, miners and foundrymen, ministers, and government officials.