Abraham Lincoln signs the most controversial bill of his presidency into law, providing for the first national military draft in U.S. history.
The Confederate Conscription Act
Jefferson Davis signs a bill into law creating the first national military draft in American history.
Cease This Child’s Play
Jefferson Davis submits a special message to the Confederate Congress urging members to approve military conscription.
The Deteriorating State of the Confederacy
March 13, 1865 – President Jefferson Davis submitted a contentious message to the Confederate Congress as a growing sense of defeat spread throughout the South.
Jefferson Davis’s 1864 Message to Congress
November 7, 1864 – The second session of the Second Confederate Congress assembled and received President Jefferson Davis’s optimistic annual message. Throughout the war, Davis
The Gold Hoax
May 18, 1864 – A forged presidential proclamation was sent to the press in an effort to drive up the price of gold. This caused