I recently learned that during the Civil War there were three different drafts. AND that individuals that wanted to avoid the draft, could pay someone to take their place. Was this action a state or federal action that was taken? That is, did an individual complete specific paperwork authorizing that they had 'paid someone' to take their place? Were these records kept on the federal level? What would that record look like? Was there a specific document that had to be completed and signed by both parties? Was it a binding contract? Where would I look for these documents / records?
Hello Ms Baker,
Thank you for contacting the History Hub regarding the Civil War. Your questions are very good and should be directed to our Army reference staff at the National Archives in Washington D.C. You may email the staff attn: Civil War Army records at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Washington D.C. in person for a consultation.
I hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research.