General Orders for Nauvoo Legion, 20 December 1841
JS, General Orders, , IL, to Nauvoo Legion, , IL, 20 Dec. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 Jan. 1842, 3:654.
Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion.
City of , Ill., Dec. 20th, 1841.
The commissioned officers of the staff and line are directed to return their respective commissions to for registry by the 15th of January, proximo; and those who have not yet received their commissions are directed to call upon that officer, and obtain them, at their earliest convenience. , of the 1st Cohort, and , of the 2nd Cohort, are enjoined to issue their requisitions, enforcing the above order in their respective commands, forthwith, in order to enable the to return the Rank Roll to the ’s Office by the 1st of Feburary, which he is hereby required to do. Colonels of Regiments will return their delinquent lists, through their respective Adjutants, to the , by the 15th of Feburary—those, therefore, who have not yet holden their Courts of Assessments, and Appeals, are required to do so forthwith—the Court of Assessment to consist of the Captains of Companies, the Major, and the Adjutant; the Major presiding, and the Adjutant recording—the Court of Appeals to consist of the Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel, Major, and Adjutant; the Colonel presiding, and the Adjutant recording. A General Court Martial will convene at the office of Brevet-Major-General ,in this , on the 2nd Saturday of March, at 6 o’clock, P. M. The next General Parade will take place in the City of , at the usual place of General Rendezvous, on Saturday the 7th day of May next, at 10 o’clock, A, M.; and the officer drill on the Thursday and Friday next preceeding,—the 5th and 6th.
The Brigadier-Generals are directed to require the Colonels of Regiments to order Battalion Parades, some time prior to the General Parade, within the bounds of their respective commands—the Colonels will act as reviewing officers, and the Lieuienant-Colonels, and Majors, will command their respective Battalions.
The officers will take post according to the rank assigned them by the date of their commissions, agreeably to the rules and regulations of the United States Army, and the rules heretofore adopted of ranking by grade of companies is hereby abrogated.
The officers concerned are commanded to report to the any violation, or disobedience, of these General Orders, as the utmost rigor will be observed in their execution, and the most severe penalty of the law inflicted upon any violation of strict military discipline.
The officers of the Legion, will therefore, take notice, and govern themselves accordingly, and make public proclamation of these orders throughout their respective commands.
By the annual return of the to the office of the Adjutant-General of State, at , it will be seen that the strength of the Legion is 1490—all pretty well disciplined troops. This will form an effective force when the requires their services. [p. 654]