Civil War Draft Wheel

Wooden draft wheel used during the Civil War. The names of men eligible for the draft were written on slips of paper and dropped into this wheel. An official pulled out names to fill the ranks of the Union army.
Transfer from the War Department, 1919
Object Name
lottery wheel
associated date
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 6 ft; 1.8288 m
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Civil War
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Civil War
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
3 East Landmark
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

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