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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.
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