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Re: Were African Americans drafted under the 1863 Militia Act?

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.

Re: Were African Americans drafted under the 1863 Militia Act?

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.

Re: Were African Americans drafted under the 1863 Militia Act?

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.

In the News: Civil War Monuments

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.