Today in History, March 3.

This is the first in a series, Today in Civil War History, detailing the events of the war:

The Enrollment and Conscription Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on March 3, 1863. This law called for all white men between the ages of 20 and 45 to be eligible to be drafted. One provision of the law allowed drafted men to pay a  fee of $300, or to hire a substitute to escape having to serve in the ranks.