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1863 October 31: Governor Salomon’s Proclamation Regarding the Draft and New Volunteers

October 31, 2013

From The Prescott Journal of October 31, 1863, comes this copy of Wisconsin Governor Edward Salomon’s proclamation regarding the draft and recruiting new volunteers to fill older regiments.

PROCLAMATION.

TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN.

Whereas,  In addition to the draft of twenty per cent, of the first class of the enrolled national forces heretofore called for, the President of the United States, by the proclamation of the 17th instant has made a call for 300,000 volunteers.

And, whereas, Duty and potriotism [sic] demand that the draft should be cheerfully submitted to and the new call promptly answered by the people of Wisconsin as they have always been ready to comply, and have more than complied with all previous calls heretofore made upon them in support of our national integrity and for the maintainance [sic] and vindication of the Union, the Constitution and the Laws ;

Now THEREFORE, and in order that the people of Wisconsin may be more fully and defintely [sic] advised concerning the proportion of men required from this Stace under these two calls, the mode of distributing and filling the same and other points connected therewith, I, EDWARD SALOMON, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby give the following information of regulations adopted by the government of the United States, and of other matters connected with said two calls, so far as i am advised of the same ;

1st. Concerning the draft now pending :  the execution of which will commence on the 9th day of November next ;

The number of men of the first class enrolled in the six Congressional Districts, including twenty towns or sub districts not yet reported, but estimated at 1,000, will be 68,845 (Which will vary but very little from the exact number when fully ascertained) ;  20 per cent. of which would make the quota of Wisconsin 13,769.  Our State has furnished an excess of troops over all previous calls, reducing it all to the standard of three years’ men, of between four and five thousand, all of which will be credited to the state, each Congressional District receiving credit for the excess furnished down to towns or wards, but the number of men required from a Congressional District will be distributed among its towns and wards in proportion to the number of men of the first class enrolled in each town or ward.

All men enlisting before the draft in the 35th Regiment Wis. Vols., or in any of the companies of artillery now in the field, will be properly credited on this draft.

2d. Concerning the new call of 300,000 Volunteers :  Upon the estimated enrollment of 68,845 men for the first class, the quota for Wisconsin under this call would be 9,724, which will vary but slightly from the exact number when definately [sic] ascertained.  This number will be assigned to districts according to the number of men enrolled therein of the first class ;  and upon the same principle it can be ascertained by the people of any town or ward what their respective quotas will be, for the number of men required from any particular town or ward will be in the same proportion to the number of men enrolled of the first class in such town or ward that 9,724 bears to 68,845.

This call is intended to fill old regiments in the field, and the Government will therefore pay to any new recruit for any regiment in the field one month’s pay in advance, and a bounty and premium of $302, as follows :

1. At the general rendezvous and before leaving the same
to join his regiment or company, the recruit accepted
under this authority, will be payed one month’s pay in
advance  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 13   00
First enstalment [sic] of bounty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60  00
Premium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2   00
Total pay before leaving general rendezvous . . . . . . $ 75   00
To be paid in cash, or checks for transmittal, in
whole or in part, as the recruit may desire.
2. At the first regular pay day, or two months after
muster in, an additional instalment [sic] of bounty
will be paid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  40  00
Making pay and bounty then received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66   00
3. At the first regular pay day six months’ service, in
addition to his pay, he shall be payed an additional
instalment [sic] of bounty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40   00
4. At the first regular pay day after the end of the first
year’s service, in addition to his pay, an additional
instalment [sic] of bounty will be paid  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40   00
5. At the first regular pay day after eighteen months’
service, in addition to his pay, an additional
instalment [sic] of bounty will be paid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40   00
6. At the first regular pay day after two years’ service,
in addition to his yay [sic], an additional instalment
[sic] of bounty will be paid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40   00
7. At the expiration of three years’ service, or to any
soldier who may be honorably discharged after two
years’ service, the remainder of the bounty will be
paid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40   00

If the Government shall not require these troops for the full period of three years, and they shall be mustered honorably out of the service before the expiration of their term of enlistment, they shall receive, upon being mustered out, the whole amount of bounty remaining unpaid, the same as if the full term had been served.  The legal heirs of recruits who die in service shall be entitled to receive the whole bounty remaining unpaid at the time of the soldier’s death.

Veterans receive one months’ pay in advance, and a bounty and premium of $402, in instalments [sic] as heretofore published, and may enlist in any old or new regiment.

Persons not veterans, enlisting in any of the new organizations in this State, to wit :  the 35th Infantry, or any of the new artillery companies, will receive one months’ pay in advance, and the ordinary bounty of $100, as heretofore published.

Besides the 35th regiment and the artillery companies now in process of organization, no new organizations will be formed, but recruiting will be confined to old regiments.

By furnishing the number of men required from any town or ward, by volunteering before the 5th day of January, such town or ward will be exempt from the draft mentioned in the proclamation of the President, and which is to be made to fill the deficiency then existing in any State.  It is also probably that any deficiency arising on the present draft or existing on any previous call, in any of the states, will be made up by the draft on the 5th of January next.

Enlistments for old regiments may be made through the Assistant Provost Marshals, and through recruiting officers detailed for that purpose from the field.— The whole subject of the draft, recruiting and enlistments are under the control of the Provost Marshal General and his Assistants.

As the people of Wisconsin have evinced their patriotism heretofore upon every occasion where the Nation has made a call for men in the present great national struggle, I trust that they will not fail to fill their quota of volunteers under this call, by the appointed day.—The rebellion has received many a severe blow during the past two years ;  it has been crippled and narrowed down ;  all its hopes of aid from without have failed ;  the last able bodied white man in its power has been driven into its ranks ;  it can make but one last desperate effort with its armies now in the field.  Under these circumstances, shall our National Government,—shall our brave men in the field,—call in vain for reinforcements by volunteering ?  I trust not !  We cannot and must not stop half way, but must sustain our brave brothers in the field, and struggle on until this rebellion is suppressed.  If this new call for volunteers, intended to fill the ranks of the decimated old Veteran Regiments is answered promptly, it will give more real strength to our army than my previous call has ever done, because the strength and value of the new levy will not be crippled and wasted by inexperienced officers, but will be made to tell its full weight and power under experienced leaders.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand
. . . . . . . . . . . . . and caused the Great Seal of the State
. . . . .[L. S.]        to be affixed this twenty-fourth day of
. . . . . . . . . . . . . October, 1863.

EDWARD SALOMON.

By the Governor :
EDWARD ILSLEY, Ass’t Sec’y of State.

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