Dr. John M. Sacher, UCF associate professor of history will discuss his new book, Confederate Conscription and the Struggle for Southern Soldiers as part of the LSU Press Facebook Live Author Series. The presentation will take place from 3–4:30pm, followed by a 10-minute Q&A.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In April 1862, the Confederacy faced a dire military situation. Its forces were badly outnumbered, the Union army was threatening on all sides, and the twelve-month enlistment period for original volunteers would soon expire. In response to these circumstances, the Confederate Congress passed the first national conscription law in United States history.John M. Sacher’s history of Confederate conscription serves as the first comprehensive examination of the topic in nearly one hundred years, providing fresh insights into and drawing new conclusions about the southern draft program. Often summarily dismissed as a detested policy that violated states’ rights and forced nonslaveholders to fight for planters, the conscription law elicited strong responses from southerners wanting to devise the best way to guarantee what they perceived as shared sacrifice.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John M. Sacher is associate professor of history at the University of Central Florida and author of "A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824–1861."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR SERIES
The LSU Press Remote Author Series brings the talented writers of LSU Press to your home during this time of social distancing. Each Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm CDT on the LSU Press Facebook page, we will broadcast a different LSU Press writer reading from their book and talking about their inspiration and craft. Post on the event page, or tweet @lsupress, with questions for your favorite LSU Press author.