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Bygones of Monroe:

The Coming Draft

The draft in this state has finally been ordered to commence on the 26th day of the present month.

The following is Col. Hill’s notification to Gov. Blair:

                                  Assistant Provost Marshall General’s Office
                                       Detroit Vol. 31, 1863

To His Excellency Gov. A. Blair:

Sir – I have the honor to inform you that the twenty sixth day of this month has been fixed upon as the day for the commencement of the draft in the State of Michigan.
Volunteers reported as mustered into the service before the twenty fourth (24th) of October will be credited on the quotas of the Congressional or Enrollment sub districts in which they were raised.

      Very Respectfully  YourServ’t
                     ? ? Hill
              Lieut. Col. 4th Artillery, and
AA. P. M. General Mich

The number called for from the State is 6,628 men.  All volunteers up to the twenty fourth inst. will be credited, and it is therefore important to all towns and wards which would escape the draft to set immediately to work to encourage and stimulate enlistments in every possible way.

The number called for from this Congressional District, Wayne, Monroe, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties, is only 1,846.  The number for Monroe County is 228, the quotas of the different towns and wards, as given by the Advertiser, being as follows:

Ash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3                                      Dundee. . . . . . . . . 15 (?)
Exeter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9                                       Raisinville. . . . . . . 15
London. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7                                       Frenchtown. . . . . .21
Milan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11                                       Ida. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
1st Ward, Monroe. . . . . . . . 18                                     Summerfield. . . . . .11
2d Ward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22                                     Whiteford . . . . . . . .10
3d Ward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6                                      Bedford. . . . . . .  . . 12
Monroe Township . . . . . . . 7                                       Erie. . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
LaSalle . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . .14

The quotas for each town, it will be seen are small, and with proper effort we believe the men can be raised in the next sixteen days.

If the number called for is 50 per cent larger than the actual number expected to be raised, (which we presume is the case) the number of men wanted from this County is 152.  It is also understood that the company recently enlisted here by Capt. Kirby, for the 11th Cavalry, have not yet been ordered.  If this is the case, the actual number to be raised in the county will be reduced to about 100 and perhaps less.  This number can certainly be raised without a draft.

In this connection we would remark that Col. Clark’s recruiting office for the first Michigan Heavy Artillery, (formerly the 6th Michigan Infantry) is still open in Johnson’s Block, under the Commercial office, where any number of recruits will be heartily welcomed.  We believe there is no branch of the service so desirable in all respects, as this, and advise all who have any idea of enlisting, to give the Heavy Artillery their attention.

(Monroe Commercial, October 8, 1863, Page 3, Column 1)

 

 




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