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As the Civil War progressed, the Confederacy was faced with a dwindling supply of soldiers. To offset this, the Confederate Congress passed a conscription law, or draft. A section of the law, passed in early 1864, required 17-year-olds and men aged 45 to 50 to join up. The boys were called the Junior Reserves and the men the Senior Reserves.