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The greater number of men we have, the shorter and less sanguinary will be the war.
These representations were heartily seconded by Halleck, and had their proper effect.
A call for five hundred thousand troops was issued by the President.
The call was for five hundred thousand men, but from this number were deducted those already raised, under previous calls, in excess of demand; so that in reality only about three hundred thousand were summoned at this time.—See Report of Provost-Marshal General Fry.
The response, however, was slow, and if volunteering flagged, the draft must be resorted to. But, when the conscription was ordered, a year before, the enemies of the government had broken out into absolute riot and resistance, burning the houses of prominent citizens, murdering defenceless negroes, and shooting down national officers on duty and in their uniform, in the greatest city of the North.
A renewal of these scenes was now threatened,
The people in many parts of t
servant, H. W. Halleck, Major-General, Chief of Staff.
Rebel efforts in loyal States.
General Townsend to General Fry.—(telegram.) Albany, New York, October 12, 164. Brigadier-General Fry, Provost-Marshal-General:
I am just informedBrigadier-General Fry, Provost-Marshal-General:
I am just informed that an effort is to be made to-day to capture the steamer Michigan, and release the prisoners on Johnson's Island, by a party that is to rendezvous at Port Keeler, said to be 2,000 strong.
I have sent the persons bringing me the information dir be changed without notice at the place of registry.
By command of Major-General John A. Dix.
Captain Rogers to General Fry.—(telegram.) Buffalo, New York, October 30, 1864. Brigadier-General J. B. Fry, Provost-Marshal-General:
The followBrigadier-General J. B. Fry, Provost-Marshal-General:
The following telegram has just been received by me, dated Toronto, C. W., October 30, 1864.
To Provost-Marshal, Buffalo:
I have received information this afternoon, from a source which I think is entitled to confidence, that a party of Southern rebels