Thank you all for a very interesting and enlightening conversation. For what it's worth, one of the men in our study of USCT soldiers from Albemarle County, VA, a man named James T. S. Taylor, was drafted into the army in 1863 while living in Washington, DC, and served in the 2nd USCT. He wrote a very interesting letter to President Lincoln (http://naucenter.as.virginia.edu/blog-page/311) during the war and went on to have an important career in Charlottesville, VA, politics after the conflict.
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Prof Oakes writes: "Peter Lysy cites a communication from Speed Smith Fry, operating in Kentucky in December, 1863, but Mike Crane finds that free blacks were drafted in areas of Kentucky beginning in early 1864. Were Kentucky slaves likewise drafted beginning in early 1864?"
I have been reading the diaries of Emilie Davis, a free African American woman in Philadelphia. The diaries indicate that her brother Alfred was drafted in 1864. (He seems to have fled to Canada for a while before reporting.)
There are two new editions of Davis's diaries, one edited by Karsonya Wise Whitehead and another by Judith Giesberg and her students.
This has been an extremely enlightening exchange, one that has forced me to think more clearly about the crucial distinctions that need to be kept in mind.
Regional distinctions were clearly important. Were blacks drafted in the North? In the Border States? In the Confederate States? The procedures, formal and informal, varied from place to place. What was true of Massachusetts may not have been true of Maryland, and what was true of Maryland may not have been true of Mississippi.
Civil War symposium on monuments considers "America's Most Honored Traitor" and some "Modest Proposals"
By KATHERINE CALOS Richmond Times-Dispatch
Feb 25, 2017
What did it mean then — and now?
What, if anything, do we do about it?
Some answers were suggested Saturday in the annual Civil War Symposium organized by the American Civil War Museum and held at the Library of Virginia.