Federal Manpower Needs and the U.S. Army's Veteran Reserve Corps

Paul A. Cimbala

in Scraping the Barrel

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239771
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239818 | DOI:
Federal Manpower Needs and the U.S. Army's Veteran Reserve Corps

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During the Civil War, the US Army ran short on manpower. Conscription helped, but so did keeping some less-able men, those weakened by wounds or sickness, in the Invalid Corps (later Veteran Reserve Corps). These saw a wide range of rear-area duties, including working in hospitals and guarding Washington DC, but also were involved in chasing draft-dodgers and a battle. Initially the VRC was volunteers, but later physically-limited men were not discharged but involuntarily transferred to the VRC. Many officers with the VRC were ideologically committed to abolition, and stayed involved with the Freedman's Bureau.

Keywords: American Civil War; Veteran Reserve Corps; Invalid Corps; US Army; Conscription

Chapter.  9315 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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