Wisconsin State Treasury document, 7 ½ x 9 ½, Dec 23, 1862, two page Aid To Volunteers, declaring the State treasurer “to draw a warrant (check) for extra …that he has a family dependent upon him for support consisting of his wife and six children”.
The soldier is Joseph Blanchard, 28nd Regt Wisc Volunteers
Residence Brookfield WI; Enlisted on 8/21/1862 as a Private.On 8/21/1862 he mustered into "G" Co. WI 28th Infantry. He died of disease on 10/15/1864 at Pine Bluff, AR
It became painfully apparent very soon after the war began, that pecuniary aid for the relief of the wives and families of the soldiers would be needed. The wages of the volunteers were not enough for the needs of the case, and, moreover, much of the time those wages were greatly in arrears, and often it was difficult or impossible to send the money home when obtained. Acts were passed allowing the authorities of counties, cities and towns to appropriate funds for relief as might be needed, and empowering them at their discretion, to levy a tax to obtain money for such purposes.
Original fold lines, irregularly trimmed on sides, o/w VG condition. cwaid 001 85.