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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.
Medium Included:
Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical by company name, then chronological.
Terms Governing Use:
Biographical/Historical:     The first state militia companies were organized under the Florida Militia Law of 1822, adopted shortly after the American acquisition of Florida.  There were actually 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 from 1826 to 1849.  The surviving territorial rolls include several from the 1820s organizational period, while the majority date from the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).  One post-Territorial muster roll is contained in this series; it dates from 1849.  In most instances the rolls contain the name and rank of the soldier, when and where they were enrolled, and remarks.  An abstract of the annual strength return for 1845 has also been included in this series.  Some of the records are barely legible.
Finding Aids: Item listing available.
Additional Physical Form: Microfilm.
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. State Militia.
Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842.
Seminole Indians Wars
Military records. aat
Territorial records. aat
Muster rolls. aat
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