DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Civil War Draft Wheel:
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SIAHDW_150717_04.JPG: Civil War, 1865
SIAHDW_150717_07.JPG: Union Draft Wheel, about 1863:
A draft wheel was one device used for conscription during the Civil War. For the wooden wheel displayed here, officials placed papers with the names of men eligible for the Union army inside (the state where it was used is not known). They spun the wheel, pulled papers from the hole, and wrote the names on a list of draftees to be called for service.
SIAHDW_150717_10.JPG: The Civil War is a defining experience in our national history. Americans battled over the future of the Union and slavery. The scope and brutality of the war quickly strained the military resources of North and South. The Confederacy instituted a draft in April 1862; the Union followed in March 1863. Both hoped that a draft would relieve manpower shortages and encourage voluntary enlistment.
Both sides envisioned easy victories after eleven Southern states seceded and war broke out in 1861. But the bitter, costly fight lasted four years -- the country's bloodiest and most divisive conflict. More than three million saw battle: some 530,000 lost their lives, and another 400,000 were scarred, maimed, or disabled.
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Description of Subject Matter: Civil War Draft Wheel, Third Floor East
This landmark object -- the Civil War Draft Wheel -- identifies the American wars and politics wing of the museum.
As part of the Armed Forces collections at the National Museum of American History, the Draft Wheel is an object that demonstrates the very beginning of conscription in the United States. It functioned as part of a procedure to select men for military service. The names of men eligible for the draft were written on slips of paper and dropped into holes inside the wheel. An official pulled out names to fill the ranks of the Union army.
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I retired from the US Census Bureau in god-forsaken Suitland, Maryland on my 58th birthday in May. Yee ha!
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a quick trip to Florida.
two Civil War Trust conferences (Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA), and
my 10th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles).
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