General Orders for Nauvoo Legion, 25 January 1842

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Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion,)
City of , Ill. Jan. 25th, 1841 [1842].)
All the public arms will be required to be in the best possible condition at the general inspection, and parade, on the 7th of May, proximo, and no deficiency whatever will be countenanced, overlooked, or suffered to pass without fine, on that occasion—all persons, therefore, holding said arms will take notice, and govern themselves accordingly: and, in order that the general inspection may pass off in a truly military style, alike honorable to the legion, and creditable to the citizen-soldier, the brigadiers are required to attend the battalion parades within their respective commands, and inspect said arms in propria persona, prior to the general parade. [p. 700]
Persons disregarding these general orders, whether officers or privates, will find themselves in the vocative.
The Invincibles, (’s company of light-infantry,) will be detailed for fatigue duty, on escorts and special service; and will take post by assignment, and receive their orders direct from the , through his Herald and Armor Bearer.
His Excellency, the of ; the of this judicial circuit, and the members of the Bar; the county officers of ; , and , with their respective field and staff officers,—of the Militia; and , and , with their respective field and staff officers, and Capt. Davis’, and Capt. Avery’s companies of cavalry,—of the Militia; are respectfully invited to attend, and participate in the General Parade on the 7th of May.
Lieutenant General;
Per ,
Drill-Officer, & Brev. Maj. Gen.
Major General;
Per , Adjutant General. [p. 701]


  1. 1

    The Illinois law governing militia service specified what weapons, uniforms, and other equipment the various categories of soldiers should use in the state militia. (An Act Organizing the Militia of This State [26 Mar. 1819], Laws . . . of the State of Illinois [1819], pp. 270, 276–277, secs. 1, 11–12.)  

    Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Ninth General Assembly, at Their First Session, Commencing December 1, 1834, and Ending February 13, 1835. Vandalia, IL: J. Y. Sawyer, 1835.

  2. 2

    “Fatigue duty” is military labor that does not require the use of weapons. (See “Fatigue,” in American Dictionary [1841], 658.)  

    An American Dictionary of the English Language; First Edition in Octavo, Containing the Whole Vocabulary of the Quarto, with Corrections, Improvements and Several Thousand Additional Words. . . . Edited by Noah Webster. 2nd ed. 2 vols. New Haven: By the author, 1841.

  3. 3

    Stephen A. Douglas was judge of Illinois’s fifth judicial circuit, which included Hancock County at this time. (Gregg, History of Hancock County, Illinois, 239–240, 410.)  

    Gregg, Thomas. History of Hancock County, Illinois, Together with an Outline History of the State, and a Digest of State Laws. Chicago: Charles C. Chapman, 1880.

  4. 4

    Williams was the commanding officer of the Fifty-Ninth Regiment of the Illinois state militia—the traditional unit for Hancock County.  

  5. 5

    Swazey was commissioned brigadier general of the First Brigade, First Division of the Iowa territorial militia twelve years earlier, on 9 January 1830. (History of Van Buren County, Iowa, 363.)  

    The History of Van Buren County, Iowa, Containing a History of the County, its Cities, Towns, Ec., a Biographical Directory of Citizens, War Record of its Volunteers in the Late Rebellions, General and Local Statistics, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men. . . . Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878.

  6. 6

    Fuller was a colonel in the Iowa territorial militia by September 1841. (JS History, vol. C-1 Addenda, 18.)