The Conscription in Alabama.
We find some interesting statistics in the consolidated return of the registration law of Alabama
, just completed under orders of the Conscript Bureau
It appears that there are in that State 14,200 men who are fit for duty who are not in the field.
There are, besides these, 4,487 who are physically disabled, and who we leave out of the statistics altogether.
Of those who are fit for the field, there are 5,099 exempted by law of Congress, including 1,164 State officers, 1,315 overseers and agriculturists, 585 ministers, 684 physicians, 291 school teachers, 163 newspaper employees, 445 railroad employees, and a few others.
The detailed men in the State
number 2,547, and those in Government service 2,794; and in addition to these, there is a list of "miscellaneous" details or exemptions, numbering 971, in which we find that 492 men are put down as "unclassified." The consolidated report, from which this abstract is taken, has some other miscellaneous items, such as "reported deserters," "men lying in the woods," &c., increasing the grand total, including the physically disabled, to 20,256.
None of these statistics have reference to the reserve forces, and only refer to the men between eighteen and forty-five who were called out by the act passed two years ago by Congress.