Governor Yates of Illinois calls for recruits to fill up the state's depleted regiments
Recruiting for the Union Army had been deliberately reduced in the early months of the year but the recent military operations and resultant casualties were beginning to tell on unit strenghts. Governor Richard Yates of Illinois issued a proclamation that stated that many of the state's regiments were below complement and called for patriots to enlist. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 13.