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Ohio musters in 1812
Posted by: ted reising-derby (ID *****3991) Date: July 03, 2011 at 08:42:42
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The first question here, may be a question more for a military-LAW historian....but:
The original source (..a man who enlisted with this "militia") stated that the "first militia in the Firelands" initially mustered on the "first Saturday in April" 1812.
However, Ohio code states that the required legal day of muster was the first FRIDAY in Apr.
I am personally going to assume that the source guy was just in error of the actual day that they mustered.
But just to make sure about the legality in general.... if this group had failed to muster on the legally appointed Friday, would they still be a legitimate and official Ohio militia?
Also, just a few days after the first Friday in April 1812 (which seems to have fallen on Apr.3), did Meigs call >ALL< Ohio militia troops to Dayton?(Apr.6)....And if this "Firelands militia" never answered that call (...they may have been too busy tracking down a pair of 'indians', than to have showed up at Dayton), what does that leave their status as an official Ohio militia?
Maybe this is a more easily answerable question:
after mustering, to what highest entity were the muster rolls ultimately reported?(or at least an accounting/reporting of the total NUMBER of men enlisted in each unit, and the name of their Captain?... or the name of the region and the number of enlisted men in it? I presume that the Generals would have wanted to know an estimate of the size of their potential army). If extant, where are these 1812 muster-reporting records deposited?
And how many musters would this group have had to have answered in year 1812, after Apr. 3? ...would there have been an additional muster required as of Apr.6 (by Meigs orders?)?...and what about any muster as of the official declaration of War in June?

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