“behind the enemies lines”

1/12/1864

By 1864 the ranks of the Confederate Army were thinning as a result of disease and combat. This report from a Union scout highlights another drain on Confederate manpower. More men were refusing conscription and deserting<&ndash>forcing Confederate home guards and other authorities to spend valuable time and resources hunting them down.

National Archives, Records of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War)


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