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The company officers will bring with them, and file in this office, complete rolls of their respective commands. The companies will continue to meet regularly for drill, under the orders of the officers remaining at home.

As soon as the officers return from the encampment, those officers who remained at home will report for a course of instruction in like manner.

It is proposed that the officers shall spend at least two weeks

in camp

By order of the GOVERNOR,

LAZ. VOBLE,
Adjutant General of Indiana.

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The day ordered for assembling the officers of the Indiana Legion for military instruction, pursuant to General Order No. 3, dated September 21, 1862, has been postponed until the 16th day of the present month.

1. Barracks are in process of construction for the accommodation of the officers, and will be known as Burnside Barracks.

2. All brigade and regimental officers, and one of the commissioned company officers of each company organized, or to be hereafter organized, under the militia law, approved May 11, 1861, will assemble on the day named, and report for duty to MajorGeneral Love.

3. Two commissioned company officers from each company organized under the militia law, may report for duty under this order, as also one company officer from each company organized under the general militia order of the Governor, dated September 5, 1862.

4. The officers will bring with them a suitable number of blankets for their comfort in camp. All other necessary equipments will be furnished them.

5. Their transportation, and other necessary expences in coming to camp and returning home, will be reimbursed on the presentation of proper vouchers. Railroad passes will be furnished by applying by mail, or otherwise, to this office.

6. The company officers will bring with them, and file in this office, complete rolls of their respective commands. The companies will continue to meet regularly for drill, under the orders of the officers remaining at home.

7. All officers ordered for duty, and such others as are embraced in this order, who desire to avail themselves of the proposed course of instruction, are required at the earliest moment to notify the Colonel of their regiment and military district, who will report the number to this office, which report must be made on or before the 14th inst.

As soon as the officers return from the encampment, those officers who remained at home will report for a course of instruction in like manner.

It is proposed that the officers shall spend at least two weeks in camp.

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THE VILITLA LAW.

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All who have been in any way connected with the Indiana Legion are aware that it has many defects, and fails to accomplish The objects for which it was intended, viz: an efficient military sys

With our experience, it is to be hoped that modifications and improvements will be adopted, securing to us a good militia organization throughout the State.

The Constitution of the State provides that “the militia shall consist of able-bodied white male persons between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years, except such as may be exempted by the laws of the United States, or of this State;" yet the law makes no provision whatever for the enrollment of the militia.

Without pretending to enter into the details of such modifications of the laws as the case seems to demand, a few suggestions will not be inappropriate, and the following are submitted as being worthy of consideration:

1. There should be an effective system for the enrollment of all the able-bodied men subject to do military duty under the Constitution, to be revised and corrected annually, with ample provision for military instruction and drill, at certain periods.

2. Provision for a specified force of active militia, of ten or fifteen thousand men, apportioned among the counties, according to population, in voluntarily organized companies, out of the enrolled militia. Companies to be kept up to the standard, in each county, by draft from the enrolled militia, if voluntary organizations fail. Members to be exempt from poll, road, and similar taxes, and allowed immunities to induce them to join.

3. Provision for such system as will make efficient officers, by introducing in our seminaries and schools military drill and instruction, as has been done through the South for a quarter of a century past.

+ Adéquate laws for the safety, preservation, and repairs of the public arms and equipments, and to prevent their appropriation, sale, or use by individuals. Respectfully subnitted,

LAZ. NOBLE, Adjutant General of Indiana.

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