Freedman's Village, Districut of Columbis (Harpers Weekly, May 1864)

Baptists and the American Civil War: April 16, 1862

Meeting in Richmond, the Confederate Congress today unveils a new chapter in American history: the first Confederate Conscription Act, requiring all males between the ages of 18 and 35 to serve in the military, becomes the first draft enacted since the formation of the American nation. The Act follows the Rockingham Rebellion and is considered necessary…