President Abraham Lincoln rejects New York Governor Horatio Seymour’s request to suspend the military draft in his state.
Rioting over Federal conscription enters its third day, leaving New York City in the hands of a violent, angry mob.
Abraham Lincoln signs the most controversial bill of his presidency into law, providing for the first national military draft in U.S. history.
Jefferson Davis signs a bill into law creating the first national military draft in American history.
Jefferson Davis submits a special message to the Confederate Congress urging members to approve military conscription.
March 13, 1865 – President Jefferson Davis submitted a contentious message to the Confederate Congress as a growing sense of defeat spread throughout the South.