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The Civil War Draft in Maryland
Lists of Drafted Men, 1862-1865

Volume I: 16 Oct 1862--23 Jun 1864
Volume II: 24 Jun 1864--8 Apr 1865

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On 17 July 1862, the U. S. Congress passed the “Militia Act of 1862,” effectively giving President Lincoln the authority to call for a nationwide draft.Shortly thereafter he did exactly this.Quotas based on population were specified for each state.Where volunteer enrollment did not fill the quotas, a draft was conducted.

Congress passed the “Enrollment Act of 1863” on 3 March 1863.Under this Act, Congress specifically granted the President the right to use a draft to fill militia quotas, a right only implied by the Militia Act of 1862.It also outlined several qualifications by which otherwise able-bodied men might be considered exempt from militia service.

On 15 October 1862, the names of forty-six men from Baltimore City were pulled from a box by Mr. James H. McBride, who was blind-folded for this purpose.Additional men were drafted from Baltimore County.The Baltimore Sun reported the names of those drafted on that day, and continued to print the names of the men drafted in subsequent calls.

These lists have been transcribed and published in these two volumes.

In addition to the names of those drafted, many of the lists included additional details.These details include street addresses for those in Baltimore City, post office addresses for those in the counties, and occupations.For those slaves that were drafted, the names of their owners were generally included.After 1 November 1864, when the new state constitution abolished slavery in Maryland, former slaves were designated as “colored, with” the name of their former slave owner.Many of the articles also included paragraphs with further notes about the draftees.These may note, for example, that two brothers had both been drafted, or that a certain draftee had headed south to join the Confederate Army.

Please note that not all drafted men went on to serve in the military.The Enrollment Act of 1863 provided several conditions by which men would be exempt from service.These included age and health, as well as the ability to furnish a substitute or pay a $300 commutation fee.Other conditions also existed.To determine whether a specific draftee served in the military, state and federal records should be consulted.

Volume I contains 471 pages and the names of over 13,000 men.

Volume II contains 435 pages and the names of over 11,000 men.

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Volume I: Paperback or E-book

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