Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co, 1862. Wraps. Scarce Civil War era pamphlet on the militia law of 1862 during the period in which both northern and southern states had to rely on States' militias to meet their troop requirements.
At the beginning of the War, neither North or South was adequately prepared for war; the total peacetime army consisted of only 16,000 men. President Lincoln, following the taking of Fort Sumter, had to call up 75,000 militia men. New York's share of this total was seventeen regiments of 780 men each, or 13,280 men.
There was also a shortage of weapons, uniforms and trained officers. The States' militia regiments were of uneven quality, and none had any combat training. Militia drilling consisted mostly of parade ground marching, and the individual units had never drilled together as part of a larger regiment.
The pamphlet includes an act to provide for the enrollment of the militia...; military forms and instructions, Index, and "An Act to Enforce the Laws and Preserve Order, passed 1845". 8vo, 110pp, forms.
Original yellow printed paper wrappers, stitch binding. Wrappers marked, short split to base of spine; fox spotting to lower corner title page, otherwise very good condition. OCLC: 2970647. Item #23682