STATE OF VERMONT.
Adjutant and Inspector General's Office,
Woodstock, August 23, 1862.
General Order No. 17
It is hereby ordered, that the following regulations be observed for enabling such towns in this State to avoid draft, as desire to do so, and have not yet provided their quota of militia under the regulations of General Order No. 13, and for drafting men in those towns in which men shall be required to be raised by draft:
- If any town, which shall not have furnished its quota of militia in either of the modes already provided, shale desire still to offer its quota of men in lieu of draft, it may be done in the following manner:
If the selectmen of such town shall procure a contract of enlistment, in the form hereinafter prescribed, to be signed by the requisite number of able-bodied men, residents of such town, stating therein the age of each man, and shall procure the consent in writing of the parents, master or guardian of such of them as are minors, to the enlistment of such minors, and shall, at the time and place hereafter to be designated, in orders to be issued from these Head Quarters, cause said men to appear, each man provided with three days' rations, as required by law, and shall then and there deliver to the officer designated to organize the company, to which such men are assigned, such original contract of enlistment, and such consents for the enlistment of minors, such men, or so many of them as, upon inspection, shall prove to be able-bodied, will be accepted in lieu of the same number of drafted men from such town.
The contract of enlistment shall be in the form following:--
We, the undersigned, residents of the town of __________, do hereby voluntarily enlist, and offer ourselves to serve in the service of the United States for the term of nine months, unless sooner discharged, in lieu of the drafted men from such town, 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 men 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.
- If any town shall not have furnished its quota of militia in either of the modes before provided, and shall not furnish such quota in the manner above provided, the quota of such town shall be obtained by the selectmen of such town in the following manner:
The selectmen of such town shall meet at the office of the town clerk of such town on Wednesday, the third day of September next, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, and shall there publicly call for able-bodied men, residents of such town, to offer themselves, to service in the service of the United States for the term of nine months, unless sooner discharged, under the call of the President of the United States aforesaid.
If none, or an insufficient number, offer themselves, then the selectmen shall proceed to draft from the enrolled militia of such town such number of men as shall be required to complete the full required quote of such town.
The draft shall be conducted in the manner following:
The selectmen shall publicly place in one box the names of all the enrolled militia of such town, written upon separate slips of paper, and shall place in another box a number of separate slips of paper equal to the whole number of names in the first box, and shall place a distinct mark upon a number of the slips of paper in the latter box equal to the number of men required to be drafted from such town. One of the selectmen, who shall be blindfolded, shall draw from the box containing the names, one name, and shall at the same time draw from the other box one of the slips of paper therein contained. Another of the selectmen shall publicly read the name so drawn, and shall examine the slip of paper so drawn; and if such slip shall be one of the marked slips, the man whose name was thus drawn, shall be and become a drafted man, and his name shall be then and there entered upon a roll of drafted men to be then and there made.
If the slip so drawn shall not be one of the marked slips, the name of the man thus drawn shall be laid aside, and the draft shall proceed in like manner from the names remaining in the box of names, until the whole number of men required to complete the full quota of such town, shall be drafted.
Each box shall be well shaken before any drawing shall commence, and also between the time of drawing each two names.
The drafting shall continue until five o'clock, p. m., of said third day of September, unless sooner completed, and between the hours of nine o'clock a. m., and five o'clock, p. m., of each day thereafter, until the whole number of men, required to be drafted from such town, shall have been drafted.
- If men shall offer themselves, upon the call of the selectmen, as above stated, the selectmen shall make a list of such men, and shall append to such list their certificate, signed by each of said selectmen, therein certifying that each person, whose name is entered upon such list, did, upon the public call of the selectmen, on the third day of September, A. D. 1862, offer himself and voluntarily consent to serve in the service of the United States for the term of nine months, unless sooner discharged, under the call of the President of the United States for a draft of three hundred thousand militia, dated August 4, 1862, in lieu of a drafted man from such town, and did voluntarily consent to accept the pay, rations and allowances, to which drafted militia are entitled, under the laws of this State and of the United States, and did take upon himself all the duties and obligations to which drafted men are subject.
- If men shall have been drafted, the selectmen shall, immediately upon concluding the draft, make a list of the names of the persons drafted, and shall append to such list their certificate in writing, signed by each of them, therein stating, that each of the men named in said list was drafted in due form of law, on the third day of September, A. D. 1862, from the enrolled militia of such town, to serve in the service oft he United States for the term of nine months, unless sooner discharged, under the call of the President of the United States for a draft of 300,000 militia, dated August 4th, 1862.
- Immediately after the third day of September, A. D. 1862, the selectmen shall notify each man who shall voluntarily offer himself, under Section one of this order, or who shall voluntarily offer himself under Section two of this order, or who shall be drafted, either personally, or by written or printed notices, signed by such selectmen, of the time and place at which he is required to appear, which time and place will be hereafter designated in the order to said selectmen, hereafter to be issued, calling for the quota of such town, and at such time and place will furnish to each man three days' rations.
- At such time and place as shall be hereafter designated in the order to the selectmen of such town, assigning the quote of such town to be furnished by offer or draft, the selectmen of such town will deliver to the officer, commissioned to organize the company, to which the men offered or drafted from such town shall be assigned, the certified lists, herein before required of the men who offered themselves, or who have been drafted, as the case may be, from such towns.
- In placing in the box the names of the enrolled militia in each town, the selectmen of such town are to omit the names of all persons exempt from military duty by the laws of the United States, or of this State, and all persons liable to military duty but exempt from draft, against the names of which persons, upon the enrolment deposited in the town clerk's office by the Listers, pursuant to General Order No. 11, dated August 11, 1862, is found stated the cause of such exemption in the manner required by such Order.
- Whenever and as soon as a sufficient number of men shall have voluntarily enlisted in any town in this State to complete the quota of such town, in the manner required by Section one of this order, the selectmen of such town will immediately give notice thereof to the Adjutant and Inspector General at Brattleboro.
And now, men of Vermont, the last opportunity is afforded you to furnish, without a draft, the quota assigned to the State. The country calls for men to preserve its existence. Let every man feel that the call is addressed to himself. Let the regiments that are sent out from the State still bear the proud title of Vermont Volunteers. Fill the old regiments. They have stood the brunt of battle like a wall of iron, and they demand that their ranks be replenished. Fill the uniform companies of active militia. They were the first to respond to the nation's call, and thereby earned a place in the history of the State, of which they may well be proud. Again they are called. Let them leave the State with full ranks, and with the feeling that they carry with them the fervent regards of a determined people. Furnish the men that are required to complete the quota. And let it be recorded, in the history of this war for national life, that Vermont cheerfully performed her whole duty, and that, although a draft was ordered, no draft was found necessary.
By order of his Excellency,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief.
PETER T. WASHBURN
Adjutant and Inspector General