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1863 February 21 (and 14): Colonel Dill’s Report to the Legislature

February 23, 2013

The February 21, 1863, issue of The Polk County Press contains a small article about Colonel Daniel J. Dill and the Wisconsin Assembly (legislature).  We are now also printing a much longer article from the February 14, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal—which we did not have space to print last week—that includes Dill’s actual response.  Dill is the colonel of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry, which is currently in training at Camp Randall in Madison.

From The Polk County Press:

— A resolution has been introduced into the Assembly requiring COL. DILL to report to the Legislature the condition of the 30th.  COL. DILL informs them that he makes his reports to his superior officers.

From The Prescott Journal:

Col. Dill and the Assembly.

The Assembly has had spasms of anxiety about Camp Randall, and sent committees there, who instead of going to headquarters and making themselves known, went smelling and tasting around on the sly, hunting for condemned bread and beans below the average.

At last the Assembly passed a resolution requesting Col. Dill to report to it, in which “DAN” replies in the following neat style, which will probably wind up that bobbin.

HEADQUARTERS, CAMP RANDALL }
Near Madison, Feb. 9, 1863. }

Hon. JOHN S. DEAN, Chief Clerk of Assembly ;

Sir:—I received your notice of the passage of resolution No. 44, A, on Saturday last, and in reply I have to say that I make my morning reports to the headquarters of the Department of the Northwest, which report shows the condition of the each command at this post ;  to which I would refer your body, also to the report of the board of U. S. military officers appointed by the commander of the department to examine the hospital barracks, rations, &c.

If your honorable body would consult the Revised Army Regulations for the government of United States troops, and the only law known to military men, they would learn that military commanders are precluded from reporting their commands to any other parties than their superior officers in the U. S. service.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your ob’t servant,

DANIEL J. DILL Col.
Com’d’g Camp Randall.

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