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Record Group Number: 000172
Series/Collection Number: .S 1143
Creator: Florida. Office of the Adjutant General.
Title, Dates: Annual militia returns, 1875-1912.
Amount: 0.50 cubic ft.
1.00 microfilm reel 35 mm.
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Organization/Arrangement: Chronological.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Legislative Council of the Florida Territory created the post of Adjutant General on February 1, 1832 (Chapter 695, Laws of Florida) and continued it into statehood (Art. VII, Sec. 2, 1838 Constitution; Art. X, Sec. 2, 1968 Constitution). The Governor, as Florida's Commander-in-Chief, appoints the Adjutant General, who serves as his chief of staff.

    During the nineteenth century, the Adjutant General's duties included supervision of the state prison and quarantine of the coast (Art. 7, Sec. 8, 1868 Constitution). Under the 1868 Constitution, the Adjutant General was a member of the Cabinet and as such, was part of the Board of Commissioners of State Institutions. However, the 1885 Constitution excluded the Adjutant General from the Cabinet. The Adjutant General also sat on the State Board of Pensions prior to 1915.

Summary:     This series consists of oversized annual militia returns that provide information on the composition of the State Militia, including the Florida State Troops and the Florida National Guard. The format of the returns varies slightly by year, but generally includes a listing of the state's general and staff officers, along with a statistical summary of the units in the militia and their strength. Some of the returns include correspondence and related materials. The series does not contain records for every year. A microfilm copy is available.

Finding Aids: Folder listing available. 0
Additional Physical Form: Scans of microfilm produced by FamilySearch available at the Archives.
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. National Guard.
Florida. State Militia.
Florida. State Troops.
Military administration.
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