THE LIBRARY OF THE
THE COLLECTION OF
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
[Number ). A. D. <«29.]
PRINTED BY LAWRENCE & LEMAT,
Printers to the State.
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,)
Bakigh, 4th December, 1829. 5
To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina.
I have the honor to transmit sundry papers in relation to the militia,,
embracing all the objects required to be reported from this office annu j
to the Legislature, marked as follows:
A, Abstract exhibiting the organization and number of the militia, arms
and accoutrements, including also the arms belonging to the State.
B, The strength of each regiment, brigade and division.
C, Roster of the general and field officers for this year.
D, Abstract of the arms belonging to the Mate.
E, List of delinquent officers on account of returns and of reviews.
"When we take into view the defective organization of the militia, out of
which derangement and embarrassment have arisen, and new difficulties
in its operation daily accruing, any evidence of the ability of the State to
effect, almost the only object of practical importance attainable under sucli
a system, (viz. a full return of the militia ) cannot bt otnei wi>e than grat-ifying.
It is, therefore, with much pleasure, itan report this year satis-factorily
on this point. The returns exhibit an increase over the last year,
and, upon the whole, after making due allowance for casualties, always
affecting more or less the punctuality of officers, the deficiencies this
year are less than usual.
Alt who have had an opportunity of witnessing the operation of the ex-isting
militia system in this State must be fully convinced but little, if any,
essential improvement in discipline can be effected under it; and that le-gislation,
with a view to this object, will be fruitless and unnecessary. It
is conceived, therefore, that the measures adopted by the Legislature, in re-lation
to this subject, for the present, should be directed principally to a
full enrolment and return of the militia. So long as the State can sustain
these objects, it will be acquiring its just proportion of arms furnished by
the General Government under the standing appropriation of Congress;
and when Congress shall new organize the militia, which they will in all
probability d> before the r'n-e of the ensuing session, reducing greatly, as
will no doubt be the case, the number of men subject it to militia duty, the
State will then in a few years be able to furnish, when it shall become ne-cessary,
the whole of the militia with arms from that source.
The arms belonging to the Siate, contemplated by act of the last Gene-ral
Assembly, to be placed in the public Arsenal, have not yet all been re-moved.
It was deemed advisable to suspend their removal, in part, till the
walls of the building had become dried and attained their fullest strength,
under a belief that till then there would be some risk of lasting damage, by
throwing (he immense weight of the whole of the arms on them at once,
which will be equal to 80 tons. The quota due from the General Govern-ment,
which has, for some time, been expected, will consist of about 3000
stands, and that, as they will compose a I age portion of our best arms, it
is deemed advisable they be deposited in the most commodious Arsenal.
"When they shall have been received, and placed in the Arsenal here, the
building may probably be found sufficiently filled as to render it necessary
for the arms now iia the Arsenal at Fayetumlle to remain.
From an examination of the arms which have been removed to this place,
which are a fair specimen of the condition of those at Fayetteville, iheir
con 'ition is found to be much better than could have been expected, after
the lapse of from 6 to 12 years, without any dressing or oiling. Those dis-p!
a\ed in racks have been slightly dressed over; otherwise tln-y would af-ford
a just conception of the condition of a large proportion of the whole.
The most of the arms which have been longest on hand, are suffering consi-derable
from rust; and those which may now be considered in good order,
will soon require some dressing. I would, therefore, recommend that the
Legislature make provision for having the whole of the arms, except those
lomed to volunteer companies dressed over and anointed with the composi-tion
in use in the United States' ordnance department? which, when done,
will supersede any other expense of the kind for seven years to come.
The salary allowed to the keeper of arms, at this place, is sufficient for
superintending and airing the building and fur keeping the arms in therarks
in good order; for dressing over the whole in manner proposed, will require
a specific appropriation; and the performance of the work can be better ex-ecuted
by the gentleman who holds that appointment than any other in the
State He is a gun smith, and may juslly be ranked with the first artist of
the profession in the United States; and in addition o his acquirements as
an artist, his habits of industry and sobiietv are not less distinguishing traits
of his charactei for usefulness He has been instructed to prepare an esti-mate
of the cost, which will be laid before the military committee, whenever
the subject stiall be taken u.der consideration by them.
It is <lt-.emed necessary that at some points of the State, a portion of the
arms should be deposited, to wit: Wilmington, Newbern, Washington. E-denton,
Elizabeth Cily and Halifax, provided the police auihorities of those
places ill become responsible for their safety and preservation; allowing
the militia the use of them only on parade, and in cases of emergency. This
arrangement is approved by his Excellency the Governor, and, I am assured,
will be cheerfully acceded to by the corporations of those towns, it is pro-posed
ihat out of the arms located at Edenton, these places be furnished
the number required at each, except Wilmington, which will be supplied
from ihe Arsetvil at Fayetteville. To carry this arrangement into eftect, it
Will be necessary ihat provision be made by the Legislature for defraying the
expense which will be incurred in their transportation.
In the conclusion of these remarks, I would beg leave to suggest the pro-pi
iey of causing to be printed a sufficient number of copies of the Roster
communicated this year, to furnish each general and field officer wi»h a co-py
Vacancies fin quently occur in the commands of brigades and envisions.
Foi want of information on the part of the officers, as to their relative rank,
returns are prevented from being made. A copy of the Roster, in posses-si
>n of each offi. er, will, in every case of vacancy in the above commands,
enable them a : once to determine on whom the command devolves—to whom
the l-.-wer grades are to make their returns—and from whom a return of the
whole :s 1 1 quired at this office.
With considerations of the highest respect,
I have the honoi to be, very respectfully, gentlemen,
Your obedient servant,
Adj. Gen. M. JV. C.
Abstract of the Annual Return of the Militia of the State of North Carolina
for the year 1 829.
Ai«ies tie Camp
Brigade Quarter Masters
Number of Regiments
Number of Battalions
Number of Companies
Li tu ten ants
Buglers and Trumpeters
Aggregate, including commissioned, non-commissioned officers, musi-
cians and privates,
Number of Regiments,
Number of Battalions,
Number of Companies,
Buglers and Trumpeters,
Aggregate, including commissioned, non-commissioned officers, musi-cians
and privates, i
Strength of Regiments, Brigades and Divisions, 1829.
ROSTER OF GENERAL OFFICERS, FOR 1829.
I ward Ward
eh i Bird
• ii iael M'Leary
J O K. Wi liatn*
rhomas M. H <wkins
William B"* -
Richard T. Bmwnrigg
J<»hn M. Puifer
Richard D. S. M'Lean
'Alexander A. M'Dowell
William H. Kerr
Louis D Wilson
\ of ..|-
v it ion and
Date of Commission.
Names and Rank.
i Col. Samuel >>a!year
2 Col Thomas D.>zier
3 ,,| Elisha Burke
1 Wilson Reed
2 Joshua Baxter
3 Caleb G. Lewis
1 John L-uien
2 William S Wil«nn
3 Cornelius C Breant
Names and Rank.
Names and Bank.
Names and P.ank.
Names ti'id Rank.
Calvin B. Blackmon
1 Richard Boyner
2 .Joseph B Long
3 Benj Watson
4 Richard Rnvvett
1 Pe'er O. Picot
J. W. Withans
Hardy S. Phelps
Little B. Barfield
A. M. A chin
Archibald VI. Eacbern
James H. Ratl'iffe
William A. Spear
J hn Brown
William G Smith
Date of appointment,
Dec. 31 1827
Dec. 31 1828
Dec. 30 1822
Jan. 31 1827
Dec. 29 1827
Jan. 31 1827
Name3 aud Ra&i
Names and Rank.
Lit id. Col
Dec. 16 18£8
Dec. 16 182S
Note.—Officer* who to make returns (eti to note the date of Uk
ARMS BELONGING TO THE STATE, 1829.
List of Officers who have failed to make returns, and also of Genera
Officers who have failed to review their respective commands.
To the Adjutant General
Brigadier General of the
Colonei of Brunswick c'y
Colonel of N Hanover
Colonel of Greene
Colonel of Lenoir
Colonel of Chatham
Colonel of 2d reg't Buncombe
To the Major Generals.
Brigadier General of the
To the Brigadier Generals
Colonel of Haywood 2d Regiment—90th Regiment
Colonel of Bunrombe 3d 84th
Colonel id Haywood 1st 86th
Colonel of Montgomery 2d 61st —
Colonel of Craven 18th
Colonel of Pitt 19th *-
General Officers tvho have failed to review,
Major-General of the Fourth Division
Brigadier General of the 1st Brigade
Brigadier-General of the 8th Brigade
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