Hundred-Days Men Left Checkered Civil War Legacy

August 20, 2014

Left a Darker Side to the War 150 Years Ago This Summer

by Tom Emery

There are many inspiring stories of Civil War soldiers from Illinois. But 150 years ago this summer, the “hundred days” men left behind a checkered legacy that reflects a darker side of the war.

The “hundred-days” movement arose from a need for more manpower in early 1864. Thousands of men were tied up in the campaigns on Richmond and Atlanta, and the recruiting pool was drying up after several calls by the President for more troops.

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