The Home Front: 1861 to 1865

The Price of Things

Were there subsequent riots?

There were. We suspect that the Confederacy was rather good at hushing up the details and that there were more than reported, but the Confederates—men and women—would have been less than human had they not protested, even rioted, at times. The food shortages continued and grew worse as the war progressed.

There was another form, or type, of rioting, however, and this one was concentrated much more in the North. This type had to do with conscription, or as we say in our time, “the draft.”


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