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The Draft

Orders Relative to the Conscription

Circular No. 44
War Department
Provost Marshal General's Office
Washington, D.C., July 13, 1863

To answer the inquiries made to this office it is announced:
First - Any drafted person paying three hundred dollars, under section thirteen of the Enrollment act, is thereby exempt from further liability under the draft, but not from any subsequent draft.

Second - Any drafted person furnishing an acceptable substitute is exempt from military service for the period for which said substitute is mustered into the service.

Third - A substitute once mustered into the service cannot be drafted while in the service.

Fourth - A drafted man cannot pay commutation money or present a substitute after he has reported himself to the Board of Enrollment for examination.

Fifth - Men, who on the 3d of March, 1863, were in the military service of the United States as substitutes under the draft of 1862**, and whose term of service have since expired, are not liable to the present draft; but the persons for whom they were substituted are liable to draft the same as though they had not been drafted and furnished substitutes under the draft of last year.

Sixth - In serving the notice, as required by circular No. 42 from this office, a reasonable time to report shall in each case be granted by the Board of Enrollment to men in the State service who have been or may be drafted.
James B. Fry
Provost Marshal General
Published in the St. Albans Daily Messenger, August 6, 1863.

Not familiar with the Draft of 1862? Check out this article.