March 19, 1863

March 19, 2013
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One hundred fifty years ago, on March 19, 1863, Camden merchant John Brown’s diary recorded dissent to Confederate conscription policies:
Thursday 19: In like manner. A good deal of excitement is manifest on account of the resistance among the poorer class in some neighborhoods to the conscription especially on account of the exemption laws which exempts slave holders having twenty slaves. Some are still opposed to the war itself in toto. Some are unwilling to leave their families unprovided as they are. Some have been in the army and have been dissatisfied with their treatment and the conduct of their officers. All the different causes of discontent when brought together show a sprinkle of disloyalty beyond what was expected and in some cases they have banded together companies of 20 or 30 or 40 standing out against enrollment. The Military have been sent out to bring then in and in some cases, some have resisted and been shot or hung and others have left the country to join the enemy.

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

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