Friday, February 7, 2014

President Lincoln Orders a New Draft

Sunday, February 7, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire passed their week at Camp Gilmore in cold and rainy weather by engaging in regimental matters, including the receipt of four months of payroll. Early in the week the Thirteenth received the news that President Lincoln ordered a draft of 500,000 men for three years or for the duration of the war. Today the Thirteenth New Hampshire spent their time in the usual Sunday regimen of inspection, dress parade, and religious services. 1

1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 231-34.

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