The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865

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Author: Abraham Lincoln

Call for 300,000 Volunteers, December 19, 1864. By the President of the United States:

A Proclamation

Whereas, by the act approved July 4, 1864, entitled "An act further to regulate and provide for the enrolling and calling out the national forces, and for other purposes," it is provided that the President of the United States may, "at his discretion, at any time hereafter, call for any number of men, as volunteers for the respective terms of one, two, and three years for military service," and "that in case the quota or any part thereof of any town, township, ward of a city, precinct, or election district, or of any country not so subdivided, shall not be filled within the space of fifty days after such call, then the President shall immediately order a draft for one year to fill such quota or any part thereof which may be unfilled;" and

Whereas, by the credits allowed in accordance with the act of Congress on the call for 500,000 men, made July 18, 1864, the number of men to be obtained under that call was reduced to 280,000; and

Whereas, the operations of the enemy in certain States have rendered it impracticable to procure from them their full quotas of troops under said call; and

Whereas, from the foregoing causes but 240,000 men have been put into the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps under the said call of July 18, 1864, leaving a deficiency on that call of two hundred and sixty thousand (260,000):

Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, in order to supply the aforesaid deficiency and to provide for casualties in the military and naval service of the United States, do issue this my call for three hundred thousand (300,000) volunteers to serve for one, two, or three years. The quotas of the States, districts, and subdistricts under this call will be assigned by the War Department through the bureau of the Provost-Marshal General of the United States, and "in case the quota or any part thereof of any town, township, ward of a city, precinct, or election district, or of any county not so subdivided, shall not be filled" before the fifteenth of February, 1865, then a draft shall be made to fill such quota or any part thereof under this call which may be unfilled on said fifteenth day of February, 1865. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed..........

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

By the President: WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.

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Chicago: Abraham Lincoln, "Call for 300,000 Volunteers, December 19, 1864. By the President of the United States:," The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, ed. Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937 in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865 Original Sources, accessed September 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKGP9K426BNXLT3.

MLA: Lincoln, Abraham. "Call for 300,000 Volunteers, December 19, 1864. By the President of the United States:." The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, edited by Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937, in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865, Original Sources. 22 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKGP9K426BNXLT3.

Harvard: Lincoln, A, 'Call for 300,000 Volunteers, December 19, 1864. By the President of the United States:' in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, ed. . cited in , The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865. Original Sources, retrieved 22 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKGP9K426BNXLT3.