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From: Eileen Irwin <>
Subject: Re: Civil War Soldiers Ages
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2000 14:09:02 -0700
I'm not sure if this adequately answers the question of Civil War
soldiers ages but here is some information that I found.
The Confederacy passed the "Conscription Act" on April 16, 1862. Under
this act, all healthy white men between the ages of 18 and 35 were
liable for a three year term of service, and the enlistment for all one
year soldiers was extended to three years. An amendment in September
1862 raised the age limit to 45 and later in February 1864 these age
limits were extended to between 17 and 50.
The Union passed the Enrollment Act on March 3, 1863. `This act called
for men ages 18 to 45 to register with local militia units and to be
available for national service.
I believe that upon doing further research one would find that the range
of volunteers would be from about 10 years old upward.
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