They Went Into the Fight Cheering!: Confederate Conscription in North Carolina

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Parkway Publishers, 2005 - 272 pages
America 's first nationwide compulsory military service law was enacted by the Confederacy in 1862.Compulsory military service, known as conscription, quickly became the most hated law in North Carolina and the rest of the South. They Went into Fight Cheering! explores the issue of conscription and describes its day-to-day operation, the people who were charged with its enforcement, the impact of conscription on civilians, and how conscription affected the course of the war. They Went Into the Fight Cheering! fills a void in North Carolina and Confederate history with well documented, yet sympathetic treatment of men and women who were caught up in the great American tragedy.

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