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In 1862 the government ordered a census of all men between the ages of 18 and 45. This is the military census for Logan County taken in pursuance of General Order No. 99 of the War Department and instructions of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. The Enrollment Act, enacted by the Thirty-seventh Congress in response to the need to swell the ranks of the Union army, subjected all males between the ages of twenty and forty-five to the draft. Men who were mentally or physically impaired, the only son of a widow, the son of infirm parents, or a widower with dependent children were exempt. The act divided the United States into enrollment districts along the lines of congressional districts. The military census of 1862 was the list for that draft. Some avoided military service by simply taking advantage of that section of the Enrollment Act of 1863 allowing draftees to pay $300 to a substitute who served for them. Thus, being listed here does not mean they served.
The 1862 Military Census was transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor from copies made from the microfilm of the original census held in State Archives. Dorothy Falk obtained the copies. This should NOT be considered a source document although every effort was made to transcribe the original accurately. It has been arranged in alphabetical order to make it easier to find someone. Corrections have been made of known errors. Sometimes it was necessary to guess what the letters were.
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The census was done by precinct. In 1862 the precincts were: Atlanta, Bowles, Broadwell, Elkhart, Eminence, Lake Fork, Lincoln, Madison, Middletown, Mt. Pulaski, Prairie Creek, Salt Creek, Sugar Creek. These 13 precincts remained in effect until townships were organized.Atlanta
Transcription by Mary Ann Kaylor from copies of original documents in the State Archives obtained by Dorothy Falk for Cheryl Rothwell. Document copies donated to Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society where they may be viewed.
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