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Secretary of War's Letter About the Militia Quota

This information is from Vol. I, pp. 6-7 of A Record of the Commissioned Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Privates, of the Regiments which were organized in the State of New York and called into the service of the United States to assist in supressing the rebellion caused by the secession of some of the Southern States from the Union, A. D. 1861, as taken from the Muster-in Rolls on file in the Adjutant General's Office, S. N. Y., (Albany, N. Y.: Comstock & Cassidy, Printers, 1864). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 973.7 N531, and page images may be viewed at the University of Michigan's Making of America project project and Google Books.

War Department, Washington, April 15, 1861.

Sir — Under the act of Congress "for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, repel invasions," &c., approved February 28, 1795, I have the honor to request your Excellency to cause to be immediately detached from the militia of your State the quota designated in the table below, to serve as infantry or riflemen for the period of three months, unless sooner discharged.

Your Excellency will please communicate to me the time at or about which your quota will be expected at its rendezvous, as it will be met as soon as practicable by an officer or officers to muster it into the service and pay of the United States. At the same time the oath of fidelity to the United States will be administered to every officer and man.

The mustering officer will be instructed to receive no man under the rank of commissioned officer who is in years apparently over forty-five or under eighteen, or who is not in physical strength and vigor.

The rendezvous for your State will be at New York, Albany and Elmira. I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Simon Cameron, Secretary of War.

To his Excellency, Edwin D. Morgan, Governor of New York.

Table of Quotas
Major-Generals      22           1    5
Aides-de-camp to major-generals      44           2    10
Division inspectors (lieutenant-colonel)      22           1    5
Brigadier-generals      441 1    11113    17
Aides to brigadier-generals (captains)      441 1    11113    17
Brigade inspectors (majors)      441 1    11113    17
Adjutants (lieutenant)11121117164143221446613111194
Regimental quartermaster (lieutenant)11121117164143221446613111194
Surgeon's mates11121117164143221446613111194
Drum majors11121117164143221446613111194
Fife majors11121117164143221446613111194
Total of officers37373774373764961215137151111747437151151225225494373737373549
Total of men74374374314867437431263111888297274329722229148614867432972297244584458965974374374374369842

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