Rich Man's War Poor Man's Fight Civil War Facts and History

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The Civil war has often been referred to as a rich mans war and a poor mans fight. If a man had enough money (usually $300), he could buy his way out of the draft in both the Union and Confederate armies.

20 slave law stated that if a man had 20 slaves or more, he could purchase a replacement or substitute for his service in the military.  The law was enacted so a man could maintain control of his plantation slaves to deter a possible slave rebellion.