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Arthur, B. F. Official copy of minutes of Constitutional Comm. re: establishing volunteer army

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02273 Author/Creator: Arthur, B. F. Place Written: [Columbia?] Type: Manuscript document signed Date: [1860/12/30] Pagination: 1 p. + docket 26 x 20 cm

Written as clerk of the convention

Resolved That the Governor be and he is hereby authorized to receive into the service of the State for a period not exceeding six months, such volunteer companies as may tender their services, if in his judgment, the exigencies of the times require the immediate reception of additional troops.
2 That the Governor be authorized to organize any companies so received, into battalions, Regiments, Brigades and Division; and to appoint the Field Officers, for the service by and with the advice and consul of the Senate: Provided that the Companies to be received as aforementioned, shall consist of not less than sixty rank and file, four officers and five sergeants
3 That Major Generals, Brigadier Generals and Colonels of Regiments shall have the same power to appoint their respective staff as is now provided by law.
Mr Kenshaw offered the following as a substitute:
Resolved that the governor be authorized to call into service at his discretion, existing volunteer companies attached to the Militia of the State, to remain in [2] service only until superceded by the organization of the force provided for by the recent Act of the General Assembly, such volunteers to be organized with Regiments and to be commanded by officers of their own selection, made in the manner now provided by the Militia Laws of the State but without restriction as to the eligibility of said officers.
On return of Mr. Means, it war Resolved
That the foregoing resolutions be referred to the Governor and Council with authority to act upon them if they deem it expedient, with such modification as they may think fit.

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BF Arthur
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