Ordinance, 3 February 1841–A

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An Ordinance Organizing the “Nauvoo Legion”.—
Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of , that the Inhabitants of the City of , and such Citizens of as may unite by voluntary Enrollment, be, & they are hereby organized into a Body of independent Military Men, to be called the “Nauvoo Legion,” as contemplated in the 25th. Section of “An act to incorporate the City of ,” approved December 16th., 1840.
Sec. 2. The Legion shall be, and is hereby, divided into two Cohorts,— the Horse Troops to constitute the first Cohort, & the foot Troops to constitute the second Cohort.
Sec. 3. The General Officers of the Legion shall consist of a Lieutenant General, as the Chief Commanding & reviewing officer, & president of the Court Martial, & Legion; a Major General, as the second in Command of the Legion, the Secretary of the Court Martial, & Legion, & Adjutant & Inspector General; a Brigadier General, as Commander of the first Cohort; & a Brigadier General, as Commander of the second Cohort.
Sec. 4. The staff of the Lieutenant General shall consist of two principal Aids-de-Camp, with the Rank of Colonels of Cavalry, & a guard of twelve Aids-de-Camp, with the Rank of Captains of Infantry, & a drill officer, with the rank of Colonel of Dragoons, who shall likewise be the Chief Officer of the Guard.
Sec. 5. The Staff of the Major General shall consist of an Adjutant, a Surgeon in Chief, a Cornet, a quarter Master, a Pay Master, a Commissary, & a Chaplain, with the Rank of Colonels of Infantry; a Surgeon for each [p. 2] Each Cohort, a quarter Master Sergeant, Sergeant Major, & chief Musician, with the Rank of Captains of light Infantry; & two Musicians, with the Rank of Captains of Infantry.
Sec. 6. The Staff of each Brigadier General shall consist of One Aid-de-Camp, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry; provided that the said Brigadiers shall have access to the Staff of the Major General when not otherwise in service.
Sec. 7. No officer shall hereafter be elected by the various Companies of the Legion, except upon the nomination of the Court Martial, & it is hereby made the duty of the Court Martial to nominate at least two Candidates for each vacant office, whenever such vacancies Occur.
Sec. 8. The Court Martial shall fill & supply all offices ranking between Captains & Brigadiers General by granting brevet Commissions to the most worthy Company Officers of the Line, who shall thereafter take Rank & Command according to the date of their Brevets; provided that their Original place in the Line shall not thereby be vacated.
Sec. 9. The Court Martial consisting of all the Military Officers, commissioned or entitled to Commissions, within the limits of the City Corporation, shall meet at the of Joseph Smith, on Thursday the 4th. day of February 1841, at 10 o’clock A.M. & then, & there, proceed to elect the general officers of the Legion as contemplated in the 3rd. Section of this ordinance.
Sec. 10. The Court Martial shall adopt for the Legion, as nearly as may be, & so far as applicable, the discipline, drill, Uniform, Rules & Regulations of the Army.
Sec. 11. This Ordinance shall take effect, & be in force from & after its Passage.
passed Feb.y. 3rd. 1841.—
, Mayor.
Recorder. [p. 3]