A Glorious Record!
The following letter from Provost Marshal General Fry to Gov. Yates, was handed to us at a late hour last night. It is a glorious record and one of which every Illinoisan has a right to be proud. No other State can furnish a parallel.
The letter of Provost Marshal General Fry effectually answers and silences those who, for the purpose of exciting insurrection against the Government of the United States, have asserted that the State would not be justly credited with its excess. The War Department has honestly accounted for every man, and those who have causelessly assailed it stand before the world as convicted slanderers from the basest of all motives, viz: treasonable hostility to the Government.
It is now known authoritatively that there will be no draft in Illinois on the first call. Let Illinoisans rejoice, not so much for this, as that their State has surpassed all others in the contest of patriotism:
PROVOST MARSHAL GENERAL'S OFFICE,
WASHINGTON, D. C., Sept. 14th, 1863.
His Excellency, Richard Yates, Governor of the State of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois:
SIR: I have the honor to inform you that the State of Illinois stands credited, upon the books of the Adjutant General of the Army, with an excess of 44,851 over all calls for troops in 1861, 1862, and in 1863, up to the 11th day of June.
The quota of the State for the present draft, is 36,700. The excess of troops heretofore furnished by it, over this quota, is 8,151. There will therefore be no draft in Illinois under the present call for troops, and the number 8,151 will stand to its credit in the future demands of the General Government.
I am sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant.
(Signed,) JAMES B. FRY,
Provost Marshal General.