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1865 February 4: The Latest on Wisconsin’s Quota and Enrollment News

February 9, 2015

The following comes from both The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press of February 4, 1865.

From The Prescott Journal:

The Quotas of Wisconsin.

The following are the quotas assigned by Pro. Marshal FRY [James B. Fry] to the several districts in this

First District, . . . . . . . . . 1,740
Second   do . . . . . . . . . . . 2,291
Third      do . . . . . . . . . . . 2,115
Fourth    do . . . . . . . . . . . 1,632
Fifth       do . . . . . . . . . . . 2,127
Sixth      do . . . . . . . . . . . 2,461

We are at a loss to know how the Sixth is called on to furnish the largest number of any of the districts.

From The Polk County Press:

The Quota of Wisconsin.

From the official dispatch published below, it will be seen that the quota has at last been fixed, and is very considerably reduced from that at first assigned.

The quotas of districts and sub-districts will soon be apportioned.—The following is the dispatch received from Gen. Fry.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23d, 1865.

Lieut. Col. C. S. LOVELL :—The revised quota of the State of Wisconsin, under call of Dec. 19th, is twelve thousand three hundred and fifty-six (12,356).  The apportionment to districts will be mailed to you from this office to-morrow.  Notify the Governor.

JAS. B. FRY.

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THE QUOTA OF THE 6TH DISTRICT.—Under the new apportionment the quota of this District is announced by Captain COOPER [Benjamin Cooper] to be 2,461.—Under the first apportionment it was 3,449, making the reduction under the last apportionment 988.  Under the call for 500,000 men, of July last, the quota of this district was 2,875 ;  an excess only of 414 over the present quota.

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ENROLLMENT NOTICE.

Let it be remembered that the board of enrollment of this district will sit in Hudson on the 6th, 7th and 8th of February, inst., to correct the enrollment lists of the several sub-districts in St. Croix County and the counties north of there.  Names of non-residents, on the town lists will be stricken off by the board, on the affidavit of supervisors.  Those to be stricken off for any other cause, must appear personally before the Board at Hudson.  It is important to attend to this matter, as it is thought that every four (or thereabouts) stricken from the enrollment will decrease the town’s quota by one.

The Latest About Quotas.

The following is the latest order from Pro. Mar. Fry, relating to the method of adjusting and applying quotas to sub-districts :

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24th, 1865.

In order to equalize this credit you will multiply the quota of the district by three, thus reducing it from a 3 years’ to a one years’ basis; to the product add the excess of years service, and then distribute this sum to the sub-districts in proportion to the number enrolled in each.  This gives the number of years service, and then distribute this sum to the sub-districts in proportion to number enrolled in each.  This givers the number of years service required from each sub-district, increased by the excess.  From this number deduct the excess which the sub-district has actually furnished, and the remainder is the actual number of years service required, which divided by three gives the actual number of men required from the sub-district under the call.  Suppose the quota under the present call in a given district containing men, and that the quota in that district under the call.  Suppose the quota under the present call in a given district containing eight sub-districts, is 1000 men, and that the quota in that district under the call of July 18, 1864, was 1600 which was filled as follows :

1865 Quota chart

It will be seen that the excess of years of service over the number of men furnished in the first sub-district is 100; in the second 110, &c., Total in the district of 1200.

The quota of the district under the present call is 1000, this multiplied by 3 givers 3000 years service; to this add the excess 1200,— then as the number enrolled in the district 20, 000, is this sum, 4200, so is the number enrolled in the sub-district to the number of years service required, increased by its excess; from which deduct the excess of years of service, which the sub-district has furnished and divide the remainder by 3 to find the quota of the sub-district:

The above formular is furnished to Boards of Enrollment, as a rule by which they will apportion the quotas of sub-districts, and determine the amount of credit due them.

JAMES B. FRY, Pro. Mar. Gen.

NOTE.—This formular is to be used instead of the one dated Dec. 23, 1864.

Here is an excellent opportunity for some of our mathematics to exercese [sic] their skill. — ED.

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