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Annual Report 



OF THE 



ADJUTANT GENERAL 



OF THE 



STATE OF NEW JERSEY 



For the Year 1847. 



TRENTON, N. J. 



TRENTON, K. J. : 

THK J. L. MtTBPHY PUBLISHER'S CO., PaiNTBBS. 
1904. 



ADIUTANT-GENERAL'S REPORT. 



Adji;taxt-Gk\ei;ai/s Oi i'Ice,, | 
Tin<:xTo:N'^ ^NTew Jersey, January 1, 184N. j 

SiK : — On the 1st of January, 1847, I dcenicd it my duty to lay 
before your Excellency, the neglected eonditimi of the militia 
of New Jersey. Since that period no material im])r(i\ciii( nt has 
come under my obserA'ation, and I have now to r('])oi't that the 
same want of ethcient organization j)revails in most of the brigades 
throughout the state; that few regular regimental parades are 
held according to laAV ; few fines are imposed for neglect in the 
performance of military duty, and still fewer collected; hence 
arises the impossibility of making a suitable return of all the 
militia of the state tO' your Excellency, and to the President of the 
United States, whereby we are not only remiss in the ]>erformance 
of a duty which we owe to the Union, but may be cut off from 
our quota of the public arms and munitions of war. 

With an earnest desire to effect some change, I would most 
respectfully suggest to your Excellency the importance of in- 
sisting upon the regular meetings of the different brigade boards. 

Of the necessity of imposing and collecting according to law, 
all fines for the neglect of military duty, and of immediately 
(if possible) supplying the places of decayed and retired field 
officers. 

I would also suggest the importance of furnishing a suitable 
book of instructions, for the use of the militia, the same to be in 
confonnity with the regulations of the U. S. army, and an ex- 
cellent work adopted by a majority of the states of the Union. 

Lastly, I would once more especially recommend that proper 
encouragement be given to that respectable class of men, the 
volunteers of Xew Jersey. Their character and their usefulness 
at home and abroad, demand that some fund should be judiciously 
provided for their special benefit. 

Very respectfully, 

Your obedient servant, 
T. CADWALADEK, 

Adjutani-General N. J. M. 
His Excellency, 

Chaeles C. Stkatton, 

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