"On This Day in Michigan History
On Oct. 30, 1863, to fulfill the necessary federal quota of troops, Michigan continued drafting for the Union army. At the end of this call, 6,383 men were drafted. After reducing that number for men who were exempt or paid the $300 commutation fee, 261 men were delivered to the induction center in Grand Rapids.
Source: Michigan History magazine"
Customarily I publish these without a comment, but the numbers here got my curiosity. I went to the Adjutant General's report, and on p.45 of Michigan in the War is more detail. Yes, 261 men were delivered, because 643 furnished acceptable substitutes, 1,626 paid commutation money, exempted were 1,596 by disability, 330 as aliens, and 204 for age, and 1,069 failed to report. This accounting fleshes the story...but, though within the terms of the law, it isn't very satisfying.
Much more so is what happened in 1864. On p.53 is this astounding comparison: from War's commencement til 12/31/63, Michigan furnished 53,749 troops, while during the first 10 months of 1864 the total was 27,616. "The striking fact is exhibited by these figures that during ten months only of 1864 the State of Michigan had furnished more than half as many men for the service as were sent from the State during the whole of the first three years of the war, and of this large number of men actually furnished, only 1,600 were drafted."
No wonder the Confederacy found itself falling behind. As Mr. H would say, "and that's the rest of the story."