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Militia Act of 1862
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Long title An Act to amend the Act calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions, approved February twenty-eight, seventeen hundred and ninety-five, and the Acts amendatory thereof, and for other Purposes.
Enacted by the 37th United States Congress
Effective July 17, 1862
Statutes at Large 12 Stat. 597
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 384 by Henry Wilson (RMA) on July 8, 1862
  • Passed the Senate on July 15, 1862 (28-9)
  • Passed the House on July 16, 1862 (30-77)
  • Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 17, 1862
Major amendments
  1. Militia Act of 1792, Chapter 28
  2. Militia Act of 1792, Chapter 33

The Militia Act of 1862 was an Act of the 37th United States Congress, during the American Civil War, that authorized a militia draft within a state when the state could not meet its quota with volunteers. The Act, for the first time, also allowed African-Americans to serve in the militias as soldiers and war laborers.

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