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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2022 9:14 p.m. PST

…Soldiers


"In April 1862, the Confederacy faced a dire military situation. Its forces were badly outnumbered, the Union army was threatening on all sides, and the twelve-month enlistment period for original volunteers would soon expire. In response to these circumstances, the Confederate Congress passed the first national conscription law in United States history. This initiative touched off a struggle for healthy white male bodies―both for the army and on the home front, where they oversaw enslaved laborers and helped produce food and supplies for the front lines―that lasted till the end of the war…"


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Armand

Au pas de Charge22 Sep 2022 5:27 p.m. PST

How did they get that dog to do that?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2022 4:32 p.m. PST

(smile)

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