Milton in the News – 1863

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | January 17, 2019

Here we bid farewell to the same Milton centenarian whose hundredth birthday was celebrated two years earlier. (This was also the year that Milton’s Class II Military Draft List was compiled).

Mrs. Eunice Hayes died at Milton, N.H., on the 27th of last March, at the age of 102. She left 181 descendants, was born on Friday – consecrated to God in baptism on Friday – married on Friday – moved into Milton on Friday – her husband died on Friday – and she died on Friday, as she often affirmed she should (Wood County (Wisconsin) Reporter, May 7, 1863).

See also Milton in the News – 1861 for her hundredth birthday.

NH regiments found it necessary to refill their ranks, which had been depleted through expiration of enlistments, captures, disease, wounds, death, and desertion. The recruitment bounty had increased vastly from the $10 of 1861 to as much as $1,000. (Greenback inflation was a part of this too).

Congress had passed also the Enrollment Act (or Military Draft Act), March 3, 1863, whose enforcement had occasioned the New York Draft Riots.

Recruiting in New Hampshire. Recruits come in at Concord at the rate of about forty daily, and rapidly increasing. Recruiting has been stopped for the 2d, 3d, 8th, 10th, 13th and 14th, and the men are now enlisting for the 6th, 9th and 11th, which regiments are with Burnside at Knoxville. The former regiments are nearly or quite full, the third lacking but seventeen men of the maximum number. Thus has New Hampshire, through her patriotic Governor, placed herself in the front ranks (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), December 19, 1863).

Previous in sequence: Milton in the News – 1862; next in sequence: Milton in the News – 1864


Author: Muriel Bristol

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