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The Union Conscription Act of March 3, 1863, provided that all able-bodied males between the ages of 20 and 45 were liable to military service, but a drafted man who furnished an acceptable substitute or paid the government $300 was excused.
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Beginning eight days after the first shots of the American Civil War were fired and three days before his wedding, William Steinway’s remarkable diary bears witness to one of the most dynamic periods in American history. This website examines the life of William Steinway and the display of his
In this post, readers will learn about an historical moment from a personal point of view. William Steinway recounts the terrors of the 1863 New York City Draft riots and why he feared for his family during those dangerous days. Written by Curator Emerita Cynthia Adams Hoover and volu