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Record Group Number: 000172
Series/Collection Number: .S 1277
Creator: Florida. Office of the Adjutant General.
Title, Dates: Original Florida Territorial muster rolls, 1826-1849.
Amount: 17.00 item
1.00 microfilm reel 35 mm.
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Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical by company name, then chronological.
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Biographical/Historical:     The first state militia companies organized under the Florida Militia Law of 1822, adopted shortly after the United States' acquisition of Florida. There were two separate types of militia during this period. One was the enrolled militia, consisting of all able-bodied, free white males between the ages of 18 and 45. Theoretically, these men were assigned to units and required to drill at least four times a year. The enrolled militia was unwieldy, with a complicated administrative hierarchy, and few units progressed beyond the planning stage.

    The independent volunteer companies were a more successful type of militia. Organized and commanded locally, these units were generally better trained and prepared for emergency use. In practice, they proved more valuable than the unorganized, "enrolled" militia.

Summary:     The series contains original Florida territorial muster rolls for the Florida State Militia units. The surviving territorial rolls include several from the 1820s organizational period, while the majority date from the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). The series includes one post-Territorial (1849) muster roll. In most instances, the rolls contain the name and rank of the soldier, when and where they enrolled, and remarks. Also included is an abstract of the annual strength return for 1845. Some of the records are barely legible. A microfilm copy is available.

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Additional Physical Form: Microfilm.
This series has been digitized and is available on the Florida Memory web site:
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. State Militia.
Seminole Indians Wars
Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842.
Military records. aat
Territorial records. aat
Muster rolls. aat
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