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brigadier generals or commanding officers of brigades, shall cause notices, in writing, of the times and places of said musters to be given to the commanding officers of regiments, at least twenty-five days; the commanding officers of regiments shall give notice of the regimental and battalion musters to the commanding officers of battalions, at least twenty days--the commanding officers of battalions shall give notice of the regimental and battalion musters to the commanding officers of companies, at least fifteen days; and the captains and commanding officers of companies shall give notice of the regimental, battalion and private musters, to the individuals of their respective companies, by themselves or sergeants, at least five days before such regimental, battalion or company muster (as the case may be), shall be holden. The notices to be given by the commanding officers of brigades, regiments and battalions, shall be in writing and delivered to the person or persons, or left at the usual place of his or their abode, by such commanding officers themselves, or such other officer or officers as they may think fit to order; and the commanding officers of companies shall have power to assign to each sergeant of their respective companies his due proportion thereof, whose duty it shall be to give the notice before directed, to that portion of the company to him assigned, which
may be done by personal summons, or by leav-
Sec. 30. And be it further enacted, That every
such battalion or regimental muster (as the case may be) who shall lay the whole before the court hereafter appointed, to take cognizance and determine thereon; and to each of the said returns,
shall be annexed the following certificate, toForm of cer- wit: "I, do certify, that the returns here
unto annexed, contain all the delinquencies which have occurred in my company or battalion (as the case may be) since my last return; and to the battalion returns shall be added, and that the reports which accompany them are all which have been made by the commanding officers of companies within my battalion.
Sec. 31. And be it further enacted, That the commanding officer of each regiment, within twenty days next after the muster of his regiment, or of a battalion of the same, shall cause the adjutant of his regiment to make out a complete return of the same, agreeably to such forms as shall be furnished by the adjutant general, noting particularly its strength and number of arms, to the inspector of the brigade.
Sec. 32. And be it further enacted, That the commissioned officers of the first battalion in each regiment, shall meet on the second Tuesday, and the commissioned officers of the second
Adjutants to make returns, etc.
battalion of each regiment shall meet on the second Thursday next after each regimental or battalion muster, as near as may be the center of the battalion, to be pointed out by the commanding officer of the regiment, at the battalion or regimental muster, and public notice thereof Court of ingiven to the battalion or battalions whilst on assessment parade, a majority of whom shall form a court of formed. enquiry and assessment of fines; and it shall be the duty of the lieutenant colonel commandant to preside at such board, and in case of his absence by sickness or otherwise, the next officer in rank shall preside. The said court shall take the following oath, to be administered by the senior officer present, and afterwards by any other officer of the said board to him, to-wit: “I, , do solemnly swear, or affirm (as Form of the the case may be) that I will truly and faithfully enquire into all delinquencies which appear on the returns to be laid before me, and will assess the fines thereon as shall seem just, without partiality, favor or affection. So help me God.” The lieutenant colonel or commanding officer of Commandthe said regiment, shall then lay before the thereglment court all delinquencies as directed by this act, linquencies whereupon they shall proceed to hear and de- court. termine thereon.
Sec. 33. And be it further enacted, That the
ing officer of
following forfeitures and penalties shall be in
curred for delinquencies, to-wit: By a lieutenForfeitures ant colonel or commanding officer of a regiment, ties for neg- for failing to take any oath, to direct his adjuby a colonel, tant to summons any court or board, to deliver
any commission or commissions, to appoint any regimental or battalion muster, to give information of the places of holding courts of enquiries, to attend the same, to report delinquencies, to attend a battalion or regimental muster, or a muster of officers, to appoint the staff officers to his regiment, not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars; by a major or commanding officer of a battalion, for failing to take an oath, to attend any court or board, to give notice of any regimental or battalion muster, to examine and train his battalion, to report delinquencies, to make return or to attend a muster of officers, any sum not less than eight nor more than eighty dollars; by a captain or commanding officer of a company (as the case may be) for failing to take an oath, to attend any court or board, to enroll his company, to appoint private musters, or give notice of a regimental or battalion muster, to attend any muster armed, to examine and exercise his company as is by the twenty-fifth article directed for the government of the militia, to call his roll and report delinquencies, to make any return or appoint non-commissioned officers