Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2009 with funding from Lyrasis IVIembers and Sloan Foundation http://www.archive.org/details/annualreportofad1847newj 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, <fcc., &c., &c.