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1864 September 3: New Credits, Apportionments, and Quotas for the Draft in Pierce and Polk Counties

September 5, 2014

The following articles are from the September 3, 1864, issues of The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press.

From The Prescott Journal:

Correction of the Enrollment.

STATE OF WISCONSIN, }
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, }
MADISON, August 28, 1864. }

To Town Supervisors :

Believing that great injustice had been done the people of this State in the late assignment of quotes, by reason of proper credits not having been given, and an excessive enrollment having been made, I deemed it to be my duty to make a representation of the facts in the case to the War Department, and accordingly on the 9th inst. sent Adjutant General GAYLORD [Augustus Gaylord] to Washington, with proof of inaccuracies, and instructions to procure a correction of the same, if practicable.  The following dispatches received from the Provost Marshal General indicate the result :

WAR DEPARTMENT,
PROVOST MARSHAL GENERAL’S OFFICE,
Washington D. O., August 17th, 1864

Lieut. Col. Chas. S. Lovell [Charles S. Lovell], Acting Assistant Provost Marshal General, Madison, Wis. :

COLONEL : It appearing from satisfactory evidence presented to this department that an excess of 4,668 credit due in settlement Oct. 21st, 1863, to the several Congressional districts of the State of Wisconsin have not been so credited, I am instructed by Provost Marshal General to direct that you will cause that number to be credited to the several Congressional Districts to the following manner, viz.¹

. 1st Congressional District . . . . . . . 270
2d .     . do             .do . . . . . . . . . 1256
3d .     . do             .do . . . . . . . . . 987
4th .     . do             .do . . . . . . . . .  . . . .
5th .     . do             .do . . . . . . . . . 493
6th .     . do             .do . . . . . . . . .  1346
. 4352

And the balance of 4668 (viz.¹ 216) to such sub-districts as appear entitled to the same by your record.

Very respectfully,
.Your obedient servant,
(Signed)                    F. A. DODGE.
Capt. V. R. C. in charge of Enrollment Bureau

WAR DEPARTMENT,
WASHINGTON, August 29.

To Lt. Col. Chas. P. Lovell :

Proceed at once thoroughly to correct the enrollment, striking off all men actually in service at the present time ; all who have been drafted and paid commutation, or furnished substitutes ; all aliens ; non-residents ; men who are over age ; and those who are permanently disabled. Report the total number of revision thus made before the first of September. The quota of Wisconsin will be reduced accordingly.

(Signed)                    JAMES B. FRY
Provost Marshal General

In order that the full benefits of a corrected enrollment may be secured to the various localities, I would earnestly recommend that the citizens generally—and particularly the town, city and village authorities—take immediate steps to revise and correct the enrollment lists, and as to the manner of doing this, I would call special attention tot eh following extract from a letter this day received from Lieut. Col. Lovell, A. A. Provost Marshal General of this State on that subject :

“It is the desire of the Government that the enrollment shall be perfectly just, and in order that the officers of this Bureau should have every possible assistance from the citizens, I would suggest that you recommend to the people, that the Supervisors of towns—most of whom have already had the matter under discussion—should send in to the Boards of Enrollment, lists of corrections for their separate localities. All action in the premises must be immediate.”

Yours Respectfully,
.JAMES T. LEWIS,
.Governor of Wisconsin. 

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OUR QUOTAS.

Since the publication of the quotas of the towns of this country, some week since, the State through the persistent effort of Ad. Gen. Gaylord, has received credit for 4,500 men, who were actually in service, but through some mistake at Washington had not been credited to us.  This credit has been apportioned to the districts as the men were furnished, thus giving this district the largest credit of any—something over 1,800, or about seven-fifteenths of the quota as first apportioned.  We now give the quotas of the towns after this reduction is made :

[Quota — Enrollments — Deficiency — Number still Required]

. Town Q’TA. E’MS. DEF’T NO. REQ’D
Oak Grove . . . . 9 2 7
Trimbelle  . . . . . 5 2 7
D. Bluff   . . . . . . 3 3
Trenton  . . . . . . 3 3 6
Hartland . . . . . . 3 3
P. Valley . . . . . . 4 3 7
Perry  . . . . . . . . 5 4 9
Union  . . . . . . . . 1 1 2
Isabelle. . . . . . . 1 1 2
Prescott  . . . . . . 17 11 6
Martel . . . . . . . . 9 10 19
River Falls . . . . . 11 8 3
Clifton  . . . . . . . 8 1 7
El Paso . . . . . . . 3 1 2
.

From The Polk County Press:

Our State Quota Reduced to 4,352 Men.

Acting Assistant Provost Marshal General LOVELL has received from the War Department at Washington directions to credit to the State for men heretofore furnished but not credited in the settlement last October, of 4,568 men.  Of these 216 men were mustered into new regiments between the 12th of October and the 9th of November, who will be credited as they appear on the books of the Provost Marshal here.  The 4th district was deficient 382 men.  After deducting that from the credit due the State at large, the remaining excess of 4,352 is directed to be apportioned to the different Congressional districts as follows :

. 1st district, 270
2d       “ 1,256
3d       “ 987
5th      “ 493
6th      “  1,346
4,352

This reduction of the quota of the State from 19,032 to 15,464 will materially lessen the difficulty of filling it by volunteering.

The credit of 1,346 men to the 6th Congressional District will make the matter of filling our quota much easier than before, as the following table will show :

In making up the number of men still to be furnished we have added the deficiencies and subtracted the excesses, as shown by a table published a few weeks ago.

1.  Viz. (with or without the period) is an abbreviation of videlicet, which itself is a contraction from Latin of “videre licet.”  Viz means that is, namely, or to wit.

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