A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'conscript' mean?

Find out what conscript means. Conscript is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

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A soldier who was drafted into service.

The use of the word "conscript" appears in my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, as follows:

(Pages 150-151)
Meanwhile, the Confederacy passed the Conscription Act, which required all men aged eighteen years and older to enlist. Many felt the law was a contradiction to state sovereignty, which was what the Confederacy was founded on. Newspapers reported that Fort Pulaski, located at the mouth of the Savannah River, had fallen, and Union forces captured it by using rifled cannon. They also printed that, on April 12, what was being called the “Great Locomotive Chase” took place. Several Federal volunteers had attempted to steal the Confederate locomotive, General, but were discovered as they headed north from Big Shanty, Georgia. The Confederate crew of the Texas chased the General in reverse, and finally captured it north of Ringgold. The story made great fodder for adventure-seeking readers. Hiram knew it wouldn’t be long before dime novels exploited the event, which meant his son would eagerly devour it up. Still waiting to embark on an adventure of their own, the men of the 4th Alabama sat poised on their haunches, impatiently waiting for another battle. They learned that Huntsville had become occupied, and vowed vengeance in whatever capacity they could manage, be it when they returned home on furlough, or sooner.

(Page 220)
On strict orders to respect the citizens, the men were on their best behavior, and didn’t disturb anything. Upon entering Maryland, the Rebels received an icy reception, which was not at all what they had expected. The Marylanders had heard from Union sympathizers in Europe that Lee expected to conscript all able bodied men for his army. Even though that wasn’t the case, the Marylanders’ sentiments were equally divided. Hiram heard a few spectators, who were observing their march from open second-story windows, comment on how they couldn’t distinguish the generals from the enlisted men, because they were all in filthy tatters. General Lee had his regimental bands play “Maryland, My Maryland.” His men cheered while they marched through, but they were later disappointed, for they were unable to successfully recruit enough soldiers to increase their depleted ranks.

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Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"...conscript, the Confederacy passed the conscription Act, which required all men aged eighteen years and older to enlist. Many felt the law was a contradiction to state sovereignty, which was what the Confederacy had been founded on. Newspapers reported that Fort Pulaski, located at the mouth of the Savannah River, ..."

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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...On strict orders to respect the citizens, the Rebels were on their best behavior, and didn’t disturb anything. Upon entering Maryland, they received an icy reception, which was not at all what they had expected. The Marylanders heard from Union sympathizers in Europe that Lee expected to conscript all able-bodied men for his army, and even though that wasn’t the case, their sentiments were equally divided. Hiram overheard a few spectators, who were observing their march from open second-story windows, comment on how they couldn’t distinguish the generals from the enlisted men, because they were all in ..."

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