STATE OF VERMONT.
Adjutant and Inspector General's Office,
Woodstock, August 13, 1862.
General Order No. 13
Whereas, the President of the United States, by order dated Aug. 4, 1862, has directed, that a draft of three hundred thousand militia be immediately called into the service of the United States, to serve nine months, unless sooner discharged; And whereas, the quota thereof assigned to the State of Vermont is four thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight men, for which number of men requisition has been made; And whereas, in pursuance of the statute law of this State, all the uniformed companies in the State have been called into service, in pursuance of said requisition, and it has become necessary to call out a greater number of men;
Now, therefore, it is hereby ordered, that the residue of the whole number of men, necessary to complete the said quota of this State, be raised by draft from the enrolled militia, unless such draft shall be rendered unnecessary in the manner hereinafter stated.
If able-bodied men, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five, residents of any town, or towns, in this State, shall, to the number of hone hundred and one, with the consent of the parents, masters or guardians, of such of them as are minors, agree, by signing a proper contract of enlistment, to serve as a company, in the service of the United States, for the term of nine months, unless sooner discharged, in lieu of drafted militia from the several towns in which they reside, under the requisition aforesaid of the President of the United States, for the pay, rations and allowances to which drafted militia are entitled, and to be subject to all the duties and obligations imposed by law upon drafted militia, and shall deposit such contract of enlistment, with the written consent for the enlistment of such of them as are minors, in the office of the Adjutant and Inspector General of this State, at Woodstock, on or before the twenty-fifth of August, A. D., 1862, at twelve o'clock, noon, such company will be accepted and organized, and the men who constitute such company will be credited to the towns of which they are residents, towards the quota of enrolled militia required to be raised in such towns for the purpose of completing the quota of four thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight men assigned to Vermont, as aforesaid; and if the residents of any town, able-bodied and between the require ages, equal in number to the entire quota required to be raised in such town from the enrolled militia, shall thus become members of such company, no men will be raised by draft in such town; and if such residents, less in number than the quota of such town, shall so become members of such company, only a sufficient number of men will be drafted in such town as are required for the purpose of completing the quota of the town.
The quotas of the several towns in this State, required to be raised from the Enrolled Militia, cannot be determined with certainty, until the enrolments, required by General Order No. 11, dated August 11, 1862, are returned by the Listers of the several towns to the office of the Adjutant and Inspector General,--which will not be until the twenty-fifth day of August, A. D. 1862. But the quota of the State being known, and the ratio which it bears to the whole population, the officers of each town can determine with sufficient accuracy, for the purposes of this order, what will be the number which will probably be required from such town.
No recruiting officers will be appointed to receive enlistments under this order; but the town officers and patriotic citizens of the several towns in this State will be expected to arrange, in such mode as shall seem to them most proper, for the formation of such companies, by the enlisting of men and combining the quotas of towns.
The contract of enlistment may be substantially in the form following:--
STATE OF VERMONT
We, the undersigned, residents of the several towns in the State of Vermont set against our names respectively do hereby voluntarily enlist, and offer ourselves to serve in a company of militia, in the service of the United States for the term of nine months, unless sooner discharged, in lieu of the drafted militia, for the State of Vermont, under the recent call of the President of the United States, dated August 4, 1862, for a draft of 300,000 militia. And we do hereby severally agree, that we will accept the pay, rations and allowances, to which drafted militia are entitled, under the laws of this States and of the United States, and do take upon ourselves all the duties and obligations to which drafted men are subject.
NAMES. AGE. RESIDENCE.
Each man is to subscribe such contract, with his name written in full, and his age and residence correctly stated against his name, and the Roll, when complete, must be returned to the office of the Adjutant and Inspector General by or before the time above stated
It will be to the lasting honor of Vermont on the pages of history, if her citizens, in this war for the Union and the supremacy of the laws, shall freely, and without draft, furnish every man called for by the President of the United States. And the Commander-in-Chief hopes, and confiding in the determined spirit of an earnest people, confidently expects that, before the time for a legal draft shall arrive, every man, necessary to complete the requisition upon the State, will be furnished in the manner above provided; and he trusts to the people of the State to carry out his wishes in their own way, without the intervention of Recruiting Officers, or other official agencies.
By order of his Excellency,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief.
PETER T. WASHBURN
Adjutant and Inspector General