United States Militia orders
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United States Militia orders

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: United States.
Title: United States Militia orders
Dates: 1793
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0816

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1792, Congress passed a basic militia law requiring for every able-bodied, white, male citizen to enroll. The militia was sectioned by state and included divisions, brigades, regiments, battalions, and companies. Each man had to provide his own weapon and ammunition.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two militia orders, both dated 1793. The first order is a provision return from Fort Sisters for a stationed detachment of militia under the command of Lieut. James Cathell. A man named James Cathell resided in Hancock County, Georgia, during the 1790s; the two may be the same person. The second order is written from Park Landing and issues rations for one captain, one lieutenant, and twenty-one privates. It is signed by Captain John McKenzie. Both documents may be from the Georgia militia, but this cannot be proven with the evidence available.

Index Terms

Operational rations (Military supplies)
Orders (military records)
United States--History--1783-1865.
United States--Militia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], United States Militia orders, MS 816, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: "Fort Sisters. A provision return for a stationed detachment of Militia under the command of Lieut. James Cathell..." commencing, 1793 April 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Item 2: "Park Landing...Issue rations for one Captain, one Lieut and twenty-one privates...", 1793 June 23-1793 June 30 ( 1.0 p. )