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1865 January 21: The Quota for Wisconsin to be Reduced

January 23, 2015

The following on the quota for Wisconsin under the latest call for troops comes from the January 21, 1865, issue of The Prescott Journal.

The Quota of Wisconsin.

We are glad to be able to state that there is every probability that the quota of this State will be reduced to reasonable figures and the injustice done by the first assignment of quotas corrected.

The following communication has been received at the executive office on the subject :

WASHINGTON, D. C., Jan. 5, 1865. }

His Exceliency [sic], James T. Lewis, Governor of Wisconsin :

SIR :  I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 23rd ultimo, enclosing copy of letter of same date, addressed to you by C.M. Baker, Commissioner of Enrollment, 1st district of Wisconsin, relative to the correction of the enrollment and assignment of quotes in the states of Wisconsin, and in reply would state that the assignment has been made, but the quota will be revised as rapidly and completely as possible, with a view to the correction of the quota hereafter.

Very respectfully, &c,
.                     .James B. FRY,
.                 .Provost Marshal General.

Lt. Col. LOVELL [Charles S. Lovell] has furnished the Governor with a copy of the following communication received by him :

WASHINGTON, D. C., Jan. 5, 1865. }

Lieut Col. Chas. S, Lovell, A. A. Prov. Marshal General, Madison, Wis. :

COL. :  By direction of the Provost Marshal General, the quotas under the call of Dec. 19th, 1864, and forwarded to you in letter of Dec. 23d, will not be apportioned to districts or sub-districts.  A new apportionment, embracing all credits up to Dec. 31st. will be made as soon as the proper  letter is received at this office ;  and, in order to perfect this it will be necessary that the corrected enrollment up to Dec. 31st, and the credits for the month of December, be immediately transmitted.

Very respectfully, &c,
(Signed)        GEO. E. SCOTT,
.       .Captain Veteran Res. Corps.

 It will be seen from the above that there is to be a re-assignment of the quotes according to the corrected enrollment.  In most districts this correction has already been accomplished, and the number of men subject to draft largely been reduced.  In others it is yet unfinished.  It is highly important that in those localities Provost Marshals and their deputies and the people should make every effort to complete the revision, that the corrected list may be forwarded to Washington at the earliest possible moment, and thus the State and the different sub districts relieved from unjust burdens.

 The text of Provost Marshal Fry’s  [James B. Fry] order with regard to credits by enlistments, heretofore referred to, is as follows:

WASHINGTON, D. C., Jan. 2, 1865. }

Circular, No. 1.

The attention of Acting Assistant provost Marshals Generals of States, and Boards of Enrollment, to be called to the fact, that the quotas assigned under the call of December 19, 1864, for 300,000 men, must not be reduced except by actual enrollments in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, since the 19th ultimo.

.    .JAMES B. FRY,
Provost Marshal General.

This order is not understood at the Assistant Provost Marshal General LOVELL’s office—as it has been by the press and the public to a considerable extent—as cutting off any credits for excess under former calls.  These will be duly allowed as heretofore, and Wisconsin—and the several Sub-districts to which they were credited—will have her excess of between 1,100 and 1,200 allowed, and subjected from the quota under this call.  The object of the order is to keep distinct the enlistments under this and former calls.

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