Volume: VI Page: 173-174
By The President of the United States of America
Whereas the term of service of a part of the volunteer
forces of the United States will expire during the
coming year; and Whereas, in addition to the men raised
by the present draft, it is deemed expedient to call out
300,000 volunteers to serve for three years or the war,
not, however, exceeding three years:
Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the
United States and Commander in Chief of the Army and
Navy thereof and of the militia of the several States
when called into actual service, do issue this my
proclamation, calling upon the governors of the
different States to raise
and have enlisted into the United States service for the
various companies and regiments in the field from their
respective States their quotas of 300,000 men.
I further proclaim that all volunteers thus called out
and duly enlisted shall receive advance pay, premium,
and bounty, as heretofore communicated to the governors
of States by the War Department through the
Provost-Marshal-General's Office by special letters.
I further proclaim that all volunteers received under
this call, as well as all others not heretofore
credited, shall be duly credited on and deducted from
the quotas established for the next draft.
I further proclaim that if any State shall fail to raise
the quota assigned to it by the War Department under
this call, then a draft for the deficiency in said quota
shall be made on said State, or on the districts of said
State, for their due proportion of said quota; and the
said draft shall commence on the 5th day of January,
And I further proclaim that nothing in this proclamation
shall interfere with existing orders, or those which may
be issued, for the present draft ;in the States where it
is now in progress or where it has not yet commenced.
The quotas of the States and districts will be assigned
by the War Department, through the
Provost-Marshal-General's Office, due regard being had
for the men heretofore furnished, whether by
volunteering or drafting, and the recruiting will be
conducted in accordance with such instructions as have
been or may be issued by that Department.
In issuing this proclamation I address myself not only
to the governors of the several States, but also to the
good and loyal people thereof, invoking them to lend
their willing, cheerful, and effective aid to the
measures thus adopted, with a view to reinforce our
victorious armies now in the field and bring our needful
military operations to a prosperous end, thus closing
forever the fountains of sedition and civil war.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this 17th day of
October, A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the
United States the eighty-eighth.
By the President:
William H. Seward. Secretary of State.
January 5, 1864
Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives:
By a joint resolution of your honorable bodies approved
December 23, 1863, the paying of bounties to veteran
volunteers, as now practiced by the War Department, is,
to the extent of $300 in each case, prohibited after
this 5th day of the present month. I transmit for your
consideration a communication from the Secretary of War,
accompanied by one from the Provost-Marshal-General to
him, both relating to the subject above mentioned. I
earnestly recommend that the law be so modified as to
allow bounties to be paid as they now are, at least
until the ensuing 1st day of February.
I am not without anxiety lest I appear to be importunate
in thus recalling your attention to a subject upon which
you have so recently acted, and nothing but a deep
conviction that the public interest demands it could
induce me to incur the hazard of being misunderstood on
this point. The Executive approval was given by me to
the resolution mentioned, and it is now by a closer
attention and a fuller knowledge of facts that I feel
constrained to recommend a reconsideration of the