On 16 October 1780, the Virginia Legislature passed “An act for recruiting this state's quota of troops to serve in the Continental Army” that called on each county to supply a specific number of men to serve in the Continental forces during the Revolutionary War. The county’s leaders were instructed to compile a conscription list by dividing the county militiamen into equal groups called classes. One man was chosen by lot from each class to serve for eighteen months.
This is an index to the conscription list for Culpeper County, which includes the names of all eligible county residents. They were divided into 106 classes, which was the county quota. The listing for each class had the name of the individual drafted. Substitutes who voluntarily took the place of the draftee were also listed. Occasionally a trade or physical description of the draftee or substitute was mentioned.
The Culpeper Class List is part of the records of the Auditor of Public Accounts (Record Group 48) and is described in Auditor of Public Accounts Inventory (entry 227). The Class List is available on microfilm (Miscellaneous Reel 6677).
Revised February 2021