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The following resolutions were also adopted:

Resolved, That Col. A. W. Williams, on behalf of this Board, correspond with the Secretary of War, our Senators and Representatives in Congress, or with such other persons as may be deemed expedient, relative to the improvement of the military system of this State, and to use their efforts to procure the passage of a law by Congress to conform to the recommendations of Capt. McClelland, in his report as one of the European Military Commission, therein recommending the placing of the volunteer system upon some tangible basis and providing the means for practical instruction in camp and garrison duties, and that Col. Williams report copies of all such correspondence to this Board.

Resolved, That Gen. A. S. Williams be instructed, on behalf of this Board, to memorialize the Regents of the University to unite instruction in Military Engineering with the department of Civil Engineering in the State University.

Resolved, That this Board recommend to the Adjutant General the promulgation of a General Order, requiring each of the Volunteer Corps of the State to adopt the uniform of their corps to correspond with their national colors, to wit: either blue or gray.

Resolved, That for the convenience in the records and proceedings, this Board, until further ordered, be and the same is hereby designated the “State Military Board.”

Resolved, That when this Board adjourn, it adjourn to meet at Kalamazoo, on the 2d Tuesday of October next, unless in the opinion of the President a necessity may arise for a change of time and place of such meeting.

Several other resolutions, not of general interest, were adopted, when, on motion, the Board adjourned.



This Board convened in Detroit on the 26th of October. Present, Gens. Curtenius, A. S. Williams and A. W. Williams, and Cols. Leffingwell and Whittlesey.

The President stated that he had changed the time and place of meeting of the Board, as the Adjutant General had not completed his inspection of the military companies seeking a share of the military fund.

On motion the Board adjourned.


October 27th. The Board met pursuant to adjournment, the President in the Chair. Present, a full Board.

The Adjutant General, from the committee appointed to make a compilation of the militia laws of the State and of all general orders for the discipline of the militia, &c., presented a printed copy of said acts, and as the report of that committee, stating that 500 copies thereof had been deposited with the Secretary of State, and that 500 had been distributed among the members of the active force. The report was accepted and adopted.

The committee appointed to prepare for publication a compilation of Military Tactics, through A. S. Williams reported that the committee had the matter under consideration, and suggested that the compilation be confined to Infantry and Light Infantry Tactics, with the necessary extracts from the Army Regulations of the United States. The recommendations of the committee were concurred in.

Gen. A. W. Williams reported that, in obedience to the instructions of the Board, he had prepared, in the form of a circular, the basis of a law for the improvement of the Volunteer Militia system of the several States and for providing the means for the practical instruction of the militia in camp and garrison duties, that he had presented the subject to several members of Congress who favored the measure, and that a bill would be

presented to the next Congress for its action, by one of the members of that body from this State. Report accepted.

Gen. A. S. Williams reported that he was not prepared to report any action on the part of the Board of Regents upon the subject of uniting instruction in Military Engineering with the department of Civil Engineering in the State University. On motion, further time was granted to memorialize the Board of Regents on the subject.

The Adjutant General reported that, by general orders, he had required that the Volunteer Corps of the State, in adopting their uniforms, should conform to the national colors, to wit: blue or gray. Accepted.

On motion of Col. Whittlesey, it was

Resolved, That the reports of the Adjutant and Inspector General, of the result of his inspection of the several companies who have applied for a share of the Military Fund, be referred to a committee of two, to report the same to-morrow to the Board in a condensed form.

Adopted, and Gen. A. W. Williams and Col Lefting well were appointed such committee.

On motion of Gen. A. W. Williams, it was

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to re-district the State, and to prepare the proper recommendation to the Governor, of the new subdivision.

Adopted, and Generals Curtenius and A. W. Williams and Col. Leffingwell were appointed such committee.

The Board then adjourned.

October 28, 1859. The Board met pursuant to adjournment, the President, Maj. Gen. A. S. Williams, in the chair.

Present, Generals Curtenius, A. S. Williams and A. W. Williams, and Colonels Leffingwell and Whittlesey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

The Adjutant General reported that one thousand dollars had been received from the sale of old and unserviceable arms,

whereupon it was resolved that the Secretary credit the amount to the

proper account. Gen. A. W. Williams, of the committee appointed to condense the reports of the Adjutant and Inspector General, reported as follows: To the State Military Board :

The committee to whom the reports of the Adjutant and Inspector General, of his inspections of the several companies who have applied for a share of the Military Fund were referred, with instructions to condense the same, respectfully report, that 28 companies have passed inspection, and are entitled to a share of said fund.

Your committee have classified the companies, placing those of each class in the order or merit as follows :


1. Detroit Light Guard, Detroit, 77 men, Capt A. S. Williams, rified and common muskets.

2. Detroit Scott Guard, Detroit, 57 men, Capt. F. Ruehle, rifled muskets and cannon.

3. Flint Union Grays, Flint, 42 men, Capt. T. B. W. Stockton, rifled muskets.

4. Adrian Guard, Adrian, 51 men, Capt. P. Hart, rifled muskets.

5. Union Guard, Manchester, 48 men, Capt. L. L. Comstock, rifled muskets.

6. Steuben Guard, Ann Arbor, 41 men, Capt. W. P. Roth, rifled muskets.

1. Hudson Artillery, Hudson, 40 men, Capt. R. N. Beach, rified muskets and cannon.

8. Valley City Guard, Grand Rapids, 49 men, Capt. B. R. Pierce, rifled muskets.

9. Coldwater Light Artillery, Coldwater, 21 men, Capt. H. C. Lewis, cannon and carbines.

10. Williams Rifles, Lansing, 54 men, Capt. John R. Price, rifled muskets.

11. Kalamazoo Light Guard, Kalamazoo, 45 men, Capt. John Dudgeon, rifled muskets and cannon.

12. Curtenius Guard, Mason, 45 men, Capt. A. Walker, rifled muskets and cannon.

SECOND CLASS. 1. Boston Light Guard, Boston, 56 men, Capt. A. A. Stevens, musketoons and cannon.

2. Grand Rapids Rifles, Grand Rapids, 42 men, Capt. E. Kusterer, musketoons.

3. Williams' German Light Artillery, Lansing, 23 men, Capt. J. Weber, musketoons and cannon.

4. Detroit Yagers, Detroit, 53 men, Capt. A. Lingerman, rifled muskets.

5. Battle Creek Light Artillery, Battle Creek, 43 men, Capt. L. L. Dibble, rifled muskets and cannon.

6. Lafayette Light Infantry, Paw Paw, 42 men, Capt. W. H. Hugo, musketoons and cannon.

7. Emmet Rifles, Detroit, 48 men, Capt. Jas. Mackey, rified muskets.

8. Shields Guard, Detroit, 47 men, Capt. E. Malloy, rifled muskets.

9. Grand Rapids Artillery, Grand Rapids, 30 mhen, Capt. B. Borden, rifled muskets and cannon.

10. Portland Artillery, Portland, 43 men, Capt. F. G. Lee, musketoons and cannon.


1. Saginaw City Light Infantry, Saginaw City, 45 men, Capt. L. Franks, rifled muskets.

2. East Saginaw Guard, East Saginaw, 40 men, Capt. Erd, rifled muskets.

3. Peninsular Guard, Sturgis, 46 men, Capt. J. D. Cook, musketoons.


1. Detroit Light Infantry, Detroit, 52 men, Capt. T. B. Maclin, musketoons.

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