#52Ancestors – No. 45 – Samuel M Weir – 1863 Civil War Draft

This post is number 45 in the series of the #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

Samuel Miller Weir is my third great uncle. At the age of 36, he was subject to military service in the Civil War. He was not drafted nor did he volunteer to serve. He was required to register for the draft register.

There were four drafts between 1863 and 1865, which included 3.175 million records. Historically, the 1863 draft was one of the most tenuous moments in the Union outside of the battles fought on Northern soil. Most of the concern was due to the draft riots that took place in New York in 1863. (Taken from Ancestry.com)

Samuel married Elizabeth Vanlandingham.  His brother in law, Ezekiel P. Vanlandginham, did serve for the Confederacy.

Kentucky Civil War Draft - Union

Kentucky Civil War Draft – Union

Source Citation

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group: 110, Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War); Collection Name: Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); ARC Identifier: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 3 of 4

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