Applying for exemption


Many Southern whites believed the Confederate draft favored the rich. The “twenty Negro law,” for example, exempted planters with 20 or more slaves. In February 1864 that requirement was reduced to 15 slaves, and Georgian Lycurgus Rees<&ndash>who had “fifteen able-bodied slaves” <&ndash>applied for an exemption as “a Farmer or Agriculturalist.” In return he agreed to furnish the Confederate War Department with 1,500 pounds of beef, bacon, or pork.

National Archives, War Department Collection of Confederate Records