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Because both sides originally thought it would be a short war, and settled for short enlistment periods. So both armies had to recruit large numbers quickly when it became clear that the war was going to last longer than expected.

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Volunteers were becoming less than the armies of both sides required.

The Confederacy enacted a draft law on April 16, 1862. The first law authorized the conscription of males between the ages of 18 to 35. This was later extended to ages between 17 to 50. The law exempted Southerners who owned 20 or more slaves. This exemption did not sit well with many Southerners.

The Union passed a draft law in March, 1863. Exemptions were allowed if a draftee could pay the Government $300 or find a man to replace himself. The Northern draft caused the largest civil insurrection in US history in New York City in July 1863. The North gathered approximately $15 million for the former exemption. Lincoln had to send 20,000 troops and howitzer canons to stop the hundreds of rioters.

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The need for soldiers drove the Confederacy to implement conscription in 1862. As in the North, the stream of volunteers was diminishing as casualty rates were climbing. The North would begin conscription in 1863.

The laws featured loopholes for the wealthy that allowed them to hire substitutes or pay doctors to mark them as unfit for duty. This left the burden on the less fortunate. See the links below.

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It was considered unconstitutional, and it was possible to buy a substitute or exemption.

It was possible to buy a substitute or exemption.

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the south needed more troops and less citizens so they passed this act

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