Illinois and the War — A Glorious Record.
While there has been but little doubt that Illinois would honor all calls upon her for men without resorting to a draft, we suspect that few of our readers were not surprised by the figures contained in our dispatches yesterday morning — which, by the way, appeared in better form in the JOURNAL than in any other paper we have seen. These figures assert that, while our quota under the call for 200,000 men, dated March 14th, 1864, amounts to 18,524 men, we already have a credit, over all previous calls, to set against this quota, of 30,960 — leaving an excess, over all calls, of 12,436 — and that, too, exclusive of re-enlisted veterans. This is the plain meaning of the language as it stands in the dispatch. None, we presume, anticipated such a state of affairs, without counting the veterans, and the official statement will be needed to make the matter perfectly conclusive. An effort is made in our dispatches this morning at explanation, in which reference is made to "the call of March 1st." As there has been no such call, it leaves the matter in a greater "muddle" than before. If the call of "March 14th" is really meant, this will make no change in the figures of yesterday morning; but if the call of "February 1st," requiring 200,000 men in addition to the call for 300,000 in October last, is intended, it will make a difference of 18,000 men against us. In any event, however, the balance against this State cannot be more than about 6,000 men, exclusive of the re-enlisted veterans, who will be sufficient to fill the deficiency and leave several thousand surplus.
This fact is one of which every Illinoisan may well be proud. No State occupies so grand a position as Illinois. No other is able to show so glorious a record. She alone has met every call made upon her for men, and has kept a balance in her favor on the credit side of the ledger. The confidence she thus manifests in the Administration is as marked as her devotion to the cause of Liberty and the Union. What a stinging rebuke is this to the peace traitors of this State who have striven, but without success, to prevent the State from furnishing its men to fight the battles of the Union on the plea that it was a "war for the negro," and have attempted to excite armed resistance to the Government!
Illinois gave to the Union its last President, and has shown by her patriotism that she has a right to furnish the next.