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1864 November 26: Another Draft in Farmington Township, Polk County

December 1, 2014

The following article on a surprise draft in Farmington Township, Polk County, is from the November 26, 1864, issue of The Polk County Press.

ANOTHER DRAFT.—Another draft has been made at La Crosse, from the towns of St. Croix Falls and Farmington, in this country.

The draft from Farmington took all by surprise, as that town, it was considered, had filled all calls upon it for men. Under the last call of the President for 500,000 men, the quota assigned the town was nine. The town raised five volunteers who went out in Capt. Brown’s Company from Hudson. A draft was made for the balance, who reported and were accepted at La Crosse. This was supposed to be sufficient to fill the bill. But now, to the surprise of everyone, a draft of ten more men is made, who are required to report at La Crosse. We do not know, hardly, what to make of it. That some mistake has been made, there is no doubt, and we feel confident that Pro. Mar. Cooper [Benjamin F. Cooper] will make matters straight, as soon as his attention is properly called to the facts. We understand that the drafted men concontemplate [sic] sending an agent down to La Crosse to lay the case before the Board, and find out what the matter is. We hope that the affair will be honorably settled. The draft from St. Croix Falls is to fill a deficiency existing, and is all right. The following is the list of drafted men :

. TOWN OF ST. CROIX.
. Joseph Loveless, jr. W. W. Mann
. TOWN OF FARMINGTON.
. N. F. Hanscome, J. C. Terry,
. Louis Nagler, Thomas Ford,
. H. H. Hanscome, Joseph Walton,
. J. Metrejohn, P. Degler,
. J. F. Nason, Samuel Wall.

1.  Oscar F. Brown, captain of Company A, 44th Wisconsin Infantry.

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