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The War Department reopens military recruitment across the North

Edwin McMasters Stanton, detail
05/21/1862
Barely six weeks earlier, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton had suspended all further army recruiting efforts and returned recruiters to their regiments. Heavy fighting on several fronts during those weeks forced a reversal, however, and recruiting offices were once again opened across the North.  Considered in hindsight a serious error, this vacillation set a tone that hampered enlistment efforts for the remainder of the war.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 14.

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