General Orders for Nauvoo Legion, 4 May 1841

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violence—no other views are entertained or tolerated.
The general parades of the Legion will be in the city of , but all other musters will be within the bounds of the respective Companies, Battalions, Regiments, and Cohorts.
The 8th Sec. of “An Act for the organization and government of the Militia of this State” in force July 2nd, 1833, provides that “when any person shall enroll himself in a volunteer company, he shall forthwith give notice in writing to the commanding officer of the company in which he was enrolled,” &c., and that the commanding officer of a regiment, or battalion, may in a certain contingency, ‘dissolve such company;’ and some of the petty, ignorant and impudent militia officers maintain that such is still the law: but those blind leaders of the blind are informed that the 11th Sec., of ‘An act encouraging volunteer companies,’ approved March 2nd, 1837, reads as follows: ‘So much of the 8th Section of an act entitled an act for the organization and government of the militia of this , in force July 2nd, 1833, as requires a volunteer to give notice in writing to the commanding officer of the company in which he was enrolled, and authorizes commandants of Regiments to disband Independent Companies, be, and the same is hereby repealed.’ If officers act upon the obsolete laws of the ‘little book,’ which have been repealed years since, it will be sweet to the taste, but ‘make the belly bitter;’ and should any civil or military officer attempt to enforce the collection of any military fines upon the members of the Legion, excepting when such fines are assessed by the Court Martial of the Legion, such persons are directed to apply to the Master in Chancery, for , for an injunction to stay the illegal proceedings.
The militia companies of , and citizens generally, are respectfully invited to unite with the Legion, and partake of its privileges.
All officers are required to enforce the most rigid discipline on all days of public parade.
Persons holding enrolling orders are directed to act with energy, consummate their trust, and make prompt returns to the office of the . The Lieutenant General desires that all his friends should attach themselves to some company either in the 1st or 2nd Cohort. This will enable them to receive correct military instruction under the teachings of experienced officers, according to the drill and discipline of the United States Army—and qualify them for efficient service in the cause of their beloved , and , in the hour of peril.
The eleven companies of minute men will at all times hold themselves in readiness to execute the laws, as originally instructed by the general officers.
The officers and troops of the Legion are directed to treat with proper respect and decorum, all other officers and troops in the service of this , or of the .
Officers are ordered to treat their troops with marked respect—and while they discharge their duties with promptitude and boldness as officers, they must not forget or neglect to observe the requisites of gentlemen.
The 2nd Company, (Light Infantry,) 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, 2nd Cohort; and the 1st Company, (Lancers,) 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 2nd Cohort, of the Legion, will act as an escort for the reception of such visiting companies from , and , as may be present. Should the Governor be present, it will be announced by a fire of artillery by the 1st and 2nd Companies, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Cohort; and the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, 2nd Cohort, when he will be received by the entire Legion with the honors due so conspicuous a personage as the Commander-in-Chief of the forces of the .
Officers receiving copies of these orders, will promulgate the same without delay throughout the bounds of their respective commands.
JOSEPH SMITH,
Lieutenant General.
,
Major General. [p. 418]
violence—no other views are entertained or tolerated.
The general parades of the Legion will be in the city of , but all other musters will be within the bounds of the respective Companies, Battalions, Regiments, and Cohorts.
The 8th Sec. of “An Act for the organization and government of the Militia of this State” in force July 2nd, 1833, provides that “when any person shall enroll himself in a volunteer company, he shall forthwith give notice in writing to the commanding officer of the company in which he was enrolled,” &c., and that the commanding officer of a regiment, or battalion, may in a certain contingency, ‘dissolve such company;’ and some of the petty, ignorant and impudent militia officers maintain that such is still the law: but those blind leaders of the blind are informed that the 11th Sec., of ‘An act encouraging volunteer companies,’ approved March 2nd, 1837, reads as follows: ‘So much of the 8th Section of an act entitled an act for the organization and government of the militia of this , in force July 2nd, 1833, as requires a volunteer to give notice in writing to the commanding officer of the company in which he was enrolled, and authorizes commandants of Regiments to disband Independent Companies, be, and the same is hereby repealed.’ If officers act upon the obsolete laws of the ‘little book,’ which have been repealed years since, it will be sweet to the taste, but ‘make the belly bitter;’ and should any civil or military officer attempt to enforce the collection of any military fines upon the members of the Legion, excepting when such fines are assessed by the Court Martial of the Legion, such persons are directed to apply to the Master in Chancery, for , for an injunction to stay the illegal proceedings.
The militia companies of , and citizens generally, are respectfully invited to unite with the Legion, and partake of its privileges.
All officers are required to enforce the most rigid discipline on all days of public parade.
Persons holding enrolling orders are directed to act with energy, consummate their trust, and make prompt returns to the office of the . The Lieutenant General desires that all his friends should attach themselves to some company either in the 1st or 2nd Cohort. This will enable them to receive correct military instruction under the teachings of experienced officers, according to the drill and discipline of the United States Army—and qualify them for efficient service in the cause of their beloved , and , in the hour of peril.
The eleven companies of minute men will at all times hold themselves in readiness to execute the laws, as originally instructed by the general officers.
The officers and troops of the Legion are directed to treat with proper respect and decorum, all other officers and troops in the service of this , or of the .
Officers are ordered to treat their troops with marked respect—and while they discharge their duties with promptitude and boldness as officers, they must not forget or neglect to observe the requisites of gentlemen.
The 2nd Company, (Light Infantry,) 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, 2nd Cohort; and the 1st Company, (Lancers,) 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 2nd Cohort, of the Legion, will act as an escort for the reception of such visiting companies from , and , as may be present. Should the Governor be present, it will be announced by a fire of artillery by the 1st and 2nd Companies, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Cohort; and the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, 2nd Cohort, when he will be received by the entire Legion with the honors due so conspicuous a personage as the Commander-in-Chief of the forces of the .
Officers receiving copies of these orders, will promulgate the same without delay throughout the bounds of their respective commands.
JOSEPH SMITH,
Lieutenant General.
,
Major General. [p. 418]
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