The Civil War, Day by Day

Enrollment Act is Passed

Enrollment Act is Passed

By this time, the North had incurred heavy losses, partly due to such indecisive generals as George McClellan. Other soldiers were either court-martialed or promoted to officer positions, leaving gaps at the front which the Union could ill afford. The Enrollment Act was an important step toward strengthening the Northern forces - but it was not nearly sufficient. Therefore, while Congress was being overly optimistic, President Abraham Lincoln relied on his usual creative thinking.

On March 10, Lincoln promised amnesty to all AWOL soldiers if they returned to active duty by April 1…otherwise they would be arrested for desertion. Then, in a letter to Andrew Johnson, the Tennessee governor who would be his presidential successor, Lincoln suggested enlisting black soldiers. “The colored population,” Lincoln wrote, “is the great available - and yet unavailed of - force for restoring the Union.” Fortunately, the Union heeded Lincoln’s advice…and won the war with a large, powerful army.

September's Archived Features:

Saturday September 1, 2018
Sunday September 2, 2018
Monday September 3, 2018
Tuesday September 4, 2018
Wednesday September 5, 2018
Thursday September 6, 2018
Friday September 7, 2018
Saturday September 8, 2018
Sunday September 9, 2018
Monday September 10, 2018
Tuesday September 11, 2018
Wednesday September 12, 2018
Thursday September 13, 2018
Friday September 14, 2018
Saturday September 15, 2018
Sunday September 16, 2018
Monday September 17, 2018
Tuesday September 18, 2018
Wednesday September 19, 2018
Thursday September 20, 2018
Friday September 21, 2018
Saturday September 22, 2018
Sunday September 23, 2018
Monday September 24, 2018



All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2018. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.