General Orders for Nauvoo Legion, 22–27 February 1842

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Nauvoo Legion, Feb. 22, A. D. 1842.
Office of the Lieutenant General.
The officers of my staff are required to assemble at my residence, on Friday, the 11th day of March, 1842, at 10 o’clock A. M. armed and equipped according to law.
JOSEPH SMITH,
Lieutenant General.
 
’s Office, Nauvoo Legion,
City of , Feb. 25, A. D. 1842.
My staff, accompanied by the band, is required to rendezvous, at my quarters, on Friday, the 11th day of March, proximo, at 10 o’clock, A. M., armed and equipped as the law directs.
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Major General.
 
Frst Cohort, Nauvoo Legion,
Feb. 27, A. D. 1842.
All the battalions of the 1st Cohort, residing within the Precinct, are required to assemble for battalion parade, at the usual place of rendezvous, on Friday, the 11th day of March, at 10 o’clock A. M.—all officers, and troops will take notice and govern themselves accordingly. My staff will appear at my residence at the same hour.
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Brigadier General, & Brev. Maj. Gen.
 
Second Cohort, Nauvoo Legion,
Feb. 27, A. D. 1842.
The officers and privates, of the 2d Cohort, are required to rendezvous, for battalion parade, at the usual place in this , on Friday, the 11th day of March, at 10 o’clock, A. M.—all persons concerned, therefore, will take notice, and govern themselves accordingly. My staff will congregate at my residence, at the same hour.
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Brigadier General. [p. 718]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    A 3 February 1841 city council ordinance organized the legion and specified that the lieutenant general’s staff consist of “two principal Aids-de-Camp, with the Rank of Colonels of Cavalry, & a guard of twelve Aids-de-Camp, with the Rank of Captains of Infantry, & a drill officer, with the rank of Colonel of Dragoons, who shall likewise be the Chief Officer of the Guard.” (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 3 Feb. 1841, 2; see also “Nauvoo Legion Senior Officers.”)  

  2. 2

    According to the ordinance that organized the legion, the major general’s staff was to include “an Adjutant, a Surgeon in Chief, a Cornet, a quarter Master, a Pay Master, a Commissary, & a Chaplain, with the Rank of Colonels of Infantry; a Surgeon for Each Cohort, a quarter Master Sergeant, Sergeant Major, & Chief Musician, with the rank of Captains of light Infantry; & two Musicians, with the rank of Captains of Infantry.” (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 3 Feb. 1841, 2–3; see also “Nauvoo Legion Senior Officers.”)  

  3. 3

    Bennett’s notice uses the phrase “my quarters” where the notices of the other three men read “my residence”—likely because Bennett did not own his own home at this time and was residing in JS’s home.  

  4. 4

    In February, when these orders were issued, the staffs of brigadier generals Wilson Law and Charles C. Rich each consisted of only one aide-de-camp, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. On the day following the scheduled 11 March parades, however, these staffs considerably expanded due to a new ordinance that restructured the legion. (Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 3 Feb. 1841, 3; Minutes, 12 Mar. 1842; see also “Nauvoo Legion Senior Officers.”)