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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 415

By mid-October 1862 there was growing opposition within the Confederate nation on conscription.   Common folks complained that the draft exempted planters who owned 20 or more slaves, as were certain overseers and skilled laborers such as druggists, school teachers, miners, and those deemed by the government to be in crucial industries.  In addition, the law allowed affluent citizens the privilege of buying "substitutes" or paying $300 to avoid the draft. 

Poor folks could not purchase substitutes and fully understood that they were fighting a war for slavery and slaves whom poor whites could never afford to own.  Increasingly, the southern common masses greatly resented the privileges given their socio-economic superiors through the southern conscription laws.