1863 August 15: The Draft in Pierce County, Wisconsin
From The Prescott Journal of August 15, 1863.
The Draft Not Yet Ordered.
MADISON, Aug. 10 — Gov. Salomon [Edward Salomon] publishes in Saturday’s Evening Journal, the reply of the Provost Marshal General to his letter concerning volunteering. In New Jersey volunteering is said to be allowed because the preperations [sic] for draft are not completed. Hence the same privilege is allowed in Wisconsin till the draft is ordered ; and all volunteers for old regiments, and for heavy artillery, will be credited on the quotas of towns.
The provost Marshall General also explains in a letter which the Governor publishes, the manner of giving credit for volunteers heretofore enlisted. By this it seems necessary for each town claiming a surplus over former quotas to prepare a list of the names of the enlisted men, to be presented to the Provost Marshal, and compared with the muster rolls at Washington.
The Governor advises the preparation of such lists as soon as possible.
(Signed,) W. H. WATTON.
To the People of Pierce Co.
For the purpose of securing credit for the men furnished to the Government from this county, and doing justice to each town, we recommend Thursday, the 28th inst., as a day for the citizens of each town to meet and prepare a list of volunteers who have gone from such town; and further, that each such town meeting appoint a committee of three, to meet at the County Seat on Saturday, the 30th inst., to compare and complete the list for the whole county.
|S. COLLINS,||J. W. BEARDSLEY,|
|C. P. BARNARD,||LUTE A. TAYLOR,|
|W. P. WESTFALL,||N. S. DUNBAR,|
|A. W. TOWNSEND,||JOHN L. DALE,|
|W. D. STERLING,||GEO A. DILL,|
|A. H. YOUNG,||J. C. BUTTON,|
And many others.