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Proclamation by Governor Edwin D. Morgan about the New York Militia April 18, 1861

This information is from Vol. I, p. 10 of A Record of the Commissioned Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Privates, of the Regiments which were organized in the State of New York and called into the service of the United States to assist in supressing the rebellion caused by the secession of some of the Southern States from the Union, A. D. 1861, as taken from the Muster-in Rolls on file in the Adjutant General's Office, S. N. Y., (Albany, N. Y.: Comstock & Cassidy, Printers, 1864). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 973.7 N531, and page images may be viewed at the University of Michigan's Making of America project project and Google Books.

Proclamation by Edwin D. Morgan, Governor of the State of New York.

The President of the United States, by proclamation, and through the Secretary of War, by formal Requisition, has called upon this State for a quota of seventeen regiments of seven hundred and eighty men each, to be immediately detached from the militia of this State to serve as infantry or riflemen for a period of three months, unless sooner discharged. Now, in conformity with the aforesaid demand, and by virtue of the act of the Legislature of this State, passed on the 16th day of April instant, entitled, "An act to authorize the embodying and equipment of a volunteer militia, and to provide for the public defense," and the power vested in me by the Constitution and laws, I do call for the aforesaid quota, consisting of six hundred and forty-nine officers and twelve thousand six hundred and thirty-one men, forming an aggregate of thirteen thousand two hundred and eighty. The organization of this force to be in conformity with article eleven, section two, of the Constitution of this State, and with the rules and regulations embraced in general orders, number thirteen, promulgated this day. The rendezvous for this State will be at New York, Albany, and Elmira, head-quarters at Albany.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the privy seal of the State, at the city of Albany, this eighteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one.

[L. S.] Edwin D. Morgan.

By the Governor:

Lockwood L. Doty, Private Secretary.

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