Confederate Conscription

I am indebted to Kevin Levin for pointing out that today is the 150th anniversary of the use of conscription by the Confederacy. This is the first use of a military draft in America, and I find this deeply ironic considering the accusations of tyrrany constantly directed at Lincoln:

http://cwmemory.com/2012/04/16/remembering-confederate-conscription-2/

Oh, and today is also Bloomsday, for fans of James Joyce’s great novel Ulysses.

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About marcferguson

I teach history, including the American Civil War Era, as an Adjunct at American International College in Springfield, Ma. I also teach survey courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization, and World History, and have taught at other area colleges, including the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Holyoke Community College. While my academic background is in European History, my interest in the American Civil War began about a decade ago. Other areas of interest include Modernism, 20th century World Thought and Culture, The Rise of the West after 1400, 19th c. American Society and Culture, Central and Eastern European History and Culture, and Local History. I have in recent years cut back my teaching drastically in order to devote more time raising my kids (15 year old twins now), including working part-time at their elementary/middle school for the past 6 years, they are now launched and off to High School, and I plan to crank up my involvement in teaching history and local history projects, particularly in light of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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