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1863 December 19/26: Quota Credits for Volunteers

December 26, 2013

An important piece of information for those worried about the draft—towns/villages, towns/townships, and wards within cities will be credited for anyone who volunteers and the number of volunteers will reduce the draft quotas for those towns and wards.  This was printed in The Prescott Journal on December 19, 1863, and in The Polk County Press on December 26, 1863.  The following is the version from the Press, the only difference being the initial title of “Notice” and the first paragraph.


As there has been considerable discussion as to whether the several towns in our county will receive credit for volunteers sent, we publish the following order of Adjutant General GAYLORD on the subject :

Order Authorizing Credits of Quotes to Towns and Wards.

MADISON, Dec. 9, 1863. }


The following correspondence from the War Departments published for the information of the people of this State :

Washington, Dec. 2, 1863. }

Hon. James A. Bell and Wm. H. Bogart Washington D. C. :

GENTLEMEN—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of  your communication of the 2d inst., and a reply as follows :

The following propositions submitted by your commission, on the part of the Governor of New York, have received the approval of the War Department, and will govern in the matters referred.

1st.  That quotas apportioned to towns and wards in the several Congressional districts in the state of New York, and that assurance be given to such towns and wards as may furnish their full quota of volunteers under the recent call of the President for 300,000 men, that they will be exempt from the pending draft, should one be rendered necessary in January next.

2d.  That the several towns and wards receive credit for all such volunteers as may have been mustered into the service of the United States since the draft, and that the number so credited  be deducted from their portion of the quota assigned the State under the recent call :

Washington, Dec. 3, 1863. }

Lt. [sic: Col.] Charles S. Lovell, A. A. Provost Marshal General, Madison, Wisconsin.

COLONEL :—I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of my letter of the 2d inst., to the Hon. James A. Bell and Wm. H. Bogart, and to say that the principles therein announced will as far as they may be applicable, govern with regard to the State of Wisconsin.

Please communicate immediately this information to His Excellency Governor Salomon [Edward Salomon].

I am, Colonel, very respectfully your obedient servant,

Signed,          JAMES B. FRY,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Provost Mar. General.

By order of the Governor
. . . . . . . . . . . . .AUG. GAYLORD,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adjutant General.

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