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1865 January 7: Presidential Proclamation Calling for 300,000 More Troops

January 8, 2015

The following copy of President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation in late 1864 calling for 300,000 more troops appeared in the January 7, 1865, issue of The Polk County Press.

President’s Proclamation.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20.

WHEREAS, By an act of July, 1864, entitled an act further to regulate and provide for the enrolling and calling out of the national forces and for other purposes, it is provided that the President of the United States may, at his discretion, at any time hereafter call for any number of men as volunteers for the respective terms of one, two and three years, for the military service; and that in case the quota, or any part thereof, or any town, township, ward of a city, precinct or election district of a county not so sub-districted, shall not be filled within the space of 50 gays [sic: days] after such call, the President shall immediately order a draft for one year to fill such quota or any part thereof which may be unfilled ;

WHEREAS, The credits allowed in accordance with an act of Congress on the call for 500,000 men, made in July 1864.  The number of men to be obtained under that call was reduced to 240,000 ;  and

WHEREAS, The operations of the enemy in certain States have rendered it impracticable to procure from the their full quotas of troops under said call ;  and

WHEREAS, From the foregoing canses [sic] but 240,000 men have been put in the army, navy, and marine corps under said call of July 18th, 1864, leaving a deficiency on that call of 260,000 men.

Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, in order to supply the deficiency, and to provide for casualties in the military and naval service of the United States, do issue this, my call, for 300,000 volunteers to serve for one, two, or three years.

The quotas of State districts and sub-districts under this call will be assigned by the War Department, through the Bureau of the Provost Marshal General of the United States and in case the quota or any part thereof of any town, township, war or city precinct, or the election district of a county not so subdivided shall not be filled before the 15th day of February, 1865.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.  Done at the City of Washington, on the 19th day of December in the year of our Lord, 1864, and of the independence of the United States the 89th.

[Signed] ABRAHAM LINCOLN

By order of the President.

W.H. SEWARD
.              .Secretary of State

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