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[civilwarwest] Re: Detailes of joining either army? HELP !

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  • TsalagiBra@aol.com
    Coy, I believe this was what you were looking for. Steve Subj: [civilwarwest] Re: Detailes of joining either army? Date: 03/21/2000 11:42:07 AM Pacific
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      Coy,
      I believe this was what you were looking for.

      Steve

      Subj: [civilwarwest] Re: Detailes of joining either army?
      Date: 03/21/2000 11:42:07 AM Pacific Standard Time
      From: tarliskas@... (Terry Arliskas)
      Reply-to: civilwarwest@egroups.com
      To: civilwarwest@egroups.com

      Generally, it worked like this (at least for Union Armies):

      The President issued a call for volunteers (1st call April, 1862 in response
      to the firing upon of Ft. Sumter, 2nd call August 1862)), and each state was
      given a quota of troops that it needed to raise. Towns and cities would
      hold "war meetings" featuring patriotic speaches, martial music, cheers for
      the Union, etc. where young men would enlist into companies composed of
      other young men from same geographic area (same county - closely located
      towns, etc). The State Adjutant General was responsible then for organizing
      (and also raising volunteers) these companies into regiments, and early on
      the states were responsible for arming and equipping the volunteers (to be
      reimbursed later by the Feds). Companies would be organized by the State
      Adj Genl into regiments, and the regiments mustered into U.S. Service at
      training camps. The War Dept. then organized the regiments into brigades,
      divisions, corps, etc. Once a regiment left its home State, it came under
      the command and control of the War Dept. This system of course, was
      augmented later in the War by the Draft, and in some cases regiments were
      composed entirely of drafted men, and in some cases, existing regiments in
      the field were supplemented by drafted men to replace those who had died or
      been discharged.

      One did not simply "pick up their musket" and march off to War - a
      beaurocratic system was firmly in place to effectively raise and manage army
      regiments, and then, as now, the armies left a huge paper trail in its wake.
      Everything was carefully documented in duplicate and triplicate - some
      things never change!

      I can't really comment on how Confederate regiments were raised, but do know
      that those Notherners that wished to fight for the South did indeed need to
      go South to enlist. Company G of the 15th Tennessee Vol. Inf. was one of
      those units - made up of men from Southern Illinois that made their way to
      the Kentucky/Tennessee border to enlist in Conf. States service.

      Hope this helps.

      Terry Arliskas (29 WVI)
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