The initial war fever soon dissipated in both the North and South, and each side was compelled to resort to conscription. The South instituted a draft in 1862, requiring three years of service for those selected between the ages of 18 and 35; later, as the war prospects dimmed, the pool was enlarged by taking in ages 17 to 50. President Lincoln also issued a call for 300,000 recruits that same year to serve the Union for three years, if they made it that far. This call for more soldiers made an impact on the regulation of troops, for the Union forces, but also on the view of the war. Along with that statement by the President’s, each state was given a quota of a number of men that were expected of them. At this point, in the war, the original beliefs that the war would end was quickly vanishing. Each state in the Union was now entrusted with enlisting men for the cause and also getting them trained for battle. The number of men involved in this war is going to increase dramatically and on the verge of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.