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1863 December 12: The Latest on the Draft in Wisconsin

December 17, 2013

The following is from The Prescott Journal of December 12, 1863.

Letter from Ad. Gen. Gaylord.

A short time since we addressed a note to Ad. Gen. GAYLORD [Augustus Gaylord], enquiring among other things, whether the quotas for the next draft, assigned to the different towns, embraced the 50 per cent added to cover exempts.  The following is his reply.

Madison, Wis., Dec. 4, 1863.

LUTE A. TAYLOR, Esp. :  Dear Sir—Lt. Col. LOVELL [Charles S. Lovell], Ass’t. Pro. Mar. Gen. of the State, has no advices from Washington, enabling me to give positive answer to your enquiry.  Col. LOVELL’s opinion is, that if the draft is made for the quota, or a portion of it, in any locality, the fifty per cent will be added to cover exemptions.  But if the quota of any locality, as published in General Order No. 21, from this Office, is filled by volunteering, that will end the matter, and no draft will be made from that locality.

Draft, if made, will be from “First Class.”

Col. LOVELL will, by request of the Governor, publish a circular, giving information on these matters to the people, copies of which I will send you as soon as they are out.

Yours truly,

The following extract from an order to the Deputy Provost Marshal of this Co., under date of Dec. 2, will be of interest to drafted men.

SIR :—When drafted men report themselves to you for transportation, you will cause them to apply to the “Wisconsin State Company.”  This company will transport them to the nearest Railway Station, and take a receipt from them of the service performed.

Drafted men are ordered to report here in person, and must do so, even if they wish to pay commutation money.—In cases where it is no practicable for them to do so, they should forward the money, “Green Backs,” together with a full description of themselves, age, where born, occupation, color of eyes, hair and complexion, together with their height.¹

1.  This descriptive information is available on every man who mustered into a Wisconsin regiment in the Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls (Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office), commonly known as the “Red Books.” The University Archives and Area Research at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has microfilm copies of the complete set for all regiments (River Falls Micro 183; a finding aid is available online).

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