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all musters of officers within his brigade, to ex- Brigade inercise and examine them, to note delinquencies duty. and return the same forthwith to the lieutenant colonel or commanding officer of the regiment to which they belong, to attend the regimental and battalion meetings of the militia composing his brigade, during the time of their being under arms, to inspect their arms, ammunition and accoutrements, superintend their exercise and manoeuvres, and introduce the system of military discipline pointed out in the twenty-fifth article for the government of the militia, agreeable to law, and such orders as he shall, from time to time, receive from the commander in chief of the state, or the commander of the brigade, for the time being, to make return to the adjutant general of the state twice in every year, the first on or before the first day of July, and the second on or before the first day of December, of all the militia of the brigade to which he belongs, reporting therein the actual situation of the arms, accoutrements and ammunition of the several corps, and every other thing which in his judgment may relate to their government and the general advancement of good order and military discipline.
Sec. 23. And be it further enacted, That the commissioned and non-commissioned officers of
each battalion or regiment, at the discretion of the brigadier general, shall meet at some convenient place, as near as may be in the centre of each battalion or regiment, to be pointed out by the brigadier general, as often as he may think expedient, not exceeding four days in every year, for the purpose of being trained and instructed by the brigade inspector, for the space of four hours each day.
Sec. 24. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of each captain, after having enrolled his company as directed by this law, to appoint four persons of his company, as sergeants, giving to each his rank of first, second, third and fourth sergeant, and also four persons as corporals. giving to each his rank of first, second, third and fourth corporal, giving his company notice thereof, and to report the said appointments to the commandant of the regiment, who shall thereupon make out his warrants to such non-commissioned officers accordingly, and they are to be obeyed and respected as such.
Sec. 25. And be it further enacted, That it Sions of their shall be the duty of the commanding officer of
each and every company so enrolled, forthwith to divide his company into divisions, by lot, from one to eight, for the purpose of a regular
routine of duty, when called into actual service, and shall return a roster of such division with the rotative number attached to each class, within fifteen days, to the commanding officer of his battalion, who shall forthwith transmit the same to the commandant of the regiment, who shall order the same to be recorded by the clerk thereof.
Sec. '26. And be it further enacted, That every Mllitia men militia man removing out of the bounds of one from one company to another, shall apply to the command- to another ing officer of the company he is removing from, certificate who shall give him a discharge, certifying the class to which he belongs, which certificate the said militia man shall produce to the captain or commanding officer of the company in the district in which he shall next settle, within twenty days after his settlement, and the said captain or commanding officer is hereby required to enroll him in the class specified in said certificate, and on failure of any militia man obtaining a certificate in manner aforesaid, and presenting the same as before directed, the captain or commanding officer of the company to which he shall remove, is hereby required to enroll such delinquent, the foremost in the first class for duty, notifying him thereof and that he must hold himself in readiness to perform any duty by this act required.
Company musters, how often holden.
Sec. 27. And be it further enacteil, That there shall be private musters of each company of cavalry, artillery, grenadiers, light infantry and riflemen, at least once in every two months, at such time and place as the commandant thereof shall appoint, except in the months of December, January, February and March, in every year; and every other company formed by virtue of this act, at least once in every three months, except as before excepted, to be appointed by the commanding officer thereof, at, or as near as may be, the center of the company district. There shall be a muster of each battalion in the month of April or May in every year, which shall be appointed by the commanding officers of the respective regiments, who shall fix on the most suitable place as near as may be to the center of the battalion district, and shall superintend the exercise and direct the evolutions that shall be performed-and
there shall be a muster of each regiment in the Regimental month of October, in every year, which shall be
appointed by the brigadier general or commanding officer of the brigade to which such regiment belongs, at or as near as may be to the center of the regimental district, and shall be under the superintendence and direction of the brigadier general or commander of the regiment, which company, battalion and regimental musters, shall continue one day each and no longer: Pro
vided, That when in the opinion of the commanding officer of any brigade, a regimental muster cannot be called without great inconvenience to such regiment, such commanding officer may dispense with such muster.
Sec. 28. And be it further enactedl, That when- Quakers; ever any person of the Society of Friends, Men- etc., excused nonists or Tunkers, who may be conscientiously arms. scrupulous of bearing arms, reside within the boundaries of any regimental or company district, and are desirous to be excused from attending and bearing arms in any muster of the militia, they may be entitled to receive a certificate, excusing such person from militia duty, in time of peace, for the term of one year, from the commanding officer of the regiment: Provided, That the person or persons applying for Proviso. such certificate, shall produce to such commanding officer a receipt from the paymaster of the regiment, purporting that the applicant hath paid, for the use of the regiment, the sum of three dollars: And provided further, That such applicant produced sufficient evidence to the said commanding officer, that he is a member of such Society of Friends, Mennonists or Tunk
Sec. 29. And be it further enacted, That the