History of the Illinois National Guard: From the Organization of the First Regiment, in September, 1874, to the Enactment of the Military Code, in May, 1879

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Press of Black & Beach, 1884 - 101 pages
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Page 3 - Their dearest action in the tented field, And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle, And therefore little shall I grace my cause In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience, I will a round...
Page 37 - Ducat, and his staff officers, for the able and efficient manner in which they have performed their duties. This department is largely indebted to these gentlemen for their able assistance and generous advice.
Page 39 - I desire to add one suggestion in reference to the affairs of our own State, by calling your attention to the militia law. I believe a more perfect law should be enacted, which will secure a more thorough organization of the State militia.
Page 40 - The spirit of our institutions and the temper of our people are hostile to a standing army, and I am opposed to any policy, State or National, looking to governing the people by the bayonet. Yet in the most highly civilized communities a trained militia, recruited from the intelligent and industrious classes, is an almost indispensable auxiliary to the civil power in the interests of peace and good order.
Page 84 - ... and loss is told when the statement is made that for a week many of the railroads, mines and manufacturing establishments were under the rule of lawless men, and the commerce of the State was almost at a stand-still. The act passed by the last General Assembly, in 1877, providing for the organizing of the militia, had been in force but a few days, and nothing had been done under it to organize the military force of the State. There was no adequate preparation for the troubles which so .suddenly...
Page 66 - I don't think the authorities hero fully appreciate the gravity of the situation. Although the city was quiet last night and this morning, I believe trouble will occur here about to-morrow. I recommend the immediate concentration of state troops here that can be spared from other points, including the Danville Battery. The railroads may fall us, and it will be much easier to send troops out than to get them in. Think of this. I oelieve with the example of other cities before us, this action Is nothing...
Page 85 - ... the militia under the existing law. I take great pleasure in calling your special attention to the report of the Adjutant General, which gives a history of the operations of the military force of the State for the last two years, together with a detailed statement of the expenses thereby incurred. The suggestions and recommendations of the Adjutant General in relation to the equipment of the National Guard so that they may at all times be ready for active duty, the building of a new State arsenal...
Page 68 - You are hereby authorized to use whatever military you have in this city subject to your command, to suppress the riots now in progress in different parts of this city, subject to my orders. M. HEATH, Mayor.
Page 39 - ... citizens who voluntarily form these 'independent organizations. The militia law of the State is very crude and imperfect, and needs revision. In my opinion the State should provide for the organization and discipline of a limited number of regiments; and, for the encouragement of such organization and the preservation of its own property, should provide at least suitable armories.
Page 50 - There was nothing left for me to do but to get up a Bill myself, or let the matter entirely go by default. The result was that, by giving my personal attention to the matter, and being seconded by the suggestions of my staff, I fixed upon the present bill, now in your hands. " We none of us think it perfect.

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