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The military bill.

The following is the bill passed by the General Assembly on Tuesday last, to meet the Presidents requisition upon the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Where as, The President of the Confederate States has ascertained the military quota of Virginia for the existing war to be sixty-five thousand eight hundred and forty-two men, and has made a requisition upon the Governor for a portion thereof; and it is the purpose of this act to apportion the said requisition ratably among the several counties, cities, and towns of the Commonwealth, according to the while population thereof, and promptly to raise the same:

  1. 1. Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That as soon as may be after the passage of this act, the Governor shall ascertain what number or men will be sufficient to raise the number of each volunteer company now in the Confederate service from this State to the number of 100 men, rank and file. He shall thereupon apportion the same among the several counties, cities, and towns of the Commonwealth, ascertain the number to be furnished by each upon the basis of its white population, after crediting to each the number of its resident citizens engaged as volunteers in the service of the Confederate States.
  2. 2. Having ascertained the quotas to be furnished by the several counties, cities, and towns as aforesaid, he shall make proclamation thereof, and shall call for volunteers to fill such quotas. Every such volunteer shall report himself to the Adjutant General by a day to be named in said proclamation for enrollment in such company, containing less than eighty-four men, as he shall elect. After deducting from the number apportioned as aforesaid to each county, city, and town, the number of its volunteers under this call the remainder shall constitute the number to be drafted therefrom; and thereupon the Governor shall proceed without delay to cause the quotas so remaining due from the several counties, cities, and towns, to be drafted by lot from their enrolled militia, and to be assigned to their proper companies.
  3. 3. If the number drafted from any county, city, or town be required to fill the ranks of companies from such county, city or town to the minimum aforesaid, they shall be mustered into the service in such company; and as far as practicable the drafted levies from any county, city or town shall be assigned to companies from such county, city or town, or from counties, cities or towns nearest thereto.
  4. 4. At least thirty days before the day on which the term of service of each volunteer company now in the field shall expire, the Governor shall cause such company to be mustered for re-enlistment by the officer commanding the same, who shall submit to each volunteer the question whether he will re-enlist or not, and shall make out an accurate company roll, designating there in the name, age, and residence of each volunteer who shall decline to re-enlist, the time his term of service shall expire, and the company and regiment to which he belongs, and return the same forthwith to the Adjutant General; and thereupon the Governor shall cause to be drafted by lose, upon the principles and in the proportion prescribed in the foregoing sections of this act, from the respective counties, cities, and towns of this Commonwealth, a number of men equal to the number of those so refusing to re-enlist, including as a part of the militia of the several counties, cities, and towns in which they reside, the volunteers so refusing to re-enlist.
  5. 5. Any draft under the provisions of this act shall, so far as practicable, not only be apportioned among the counties, cities, and towns of the State, (not in possession of the public enemy,) so as to give to each fall credit for the number of men theretofore furnished; but the same principle, so far as may be practicable, shall be extended to the apportionment among company districts in every county, city, and town.
  6. 6. Artillery companies, whether heretofore or hereafter organized, may be equipped as light batteries of six pieces each, containing not more than one hundred and fifty men, rank and file, and whenever such shall contain not less than one hundred and twenty men, rank and file, it shall be entitled to an additional second lieutenant, to be elected by the company, and commissioned by the Governor. And in any artillery company heretofore organized and accepted by the Governor, he shall be authorized to commission the officers thereof of corresponding rank and grade with the same arm of the service in the Confederate States; and to effect this object, he may recall the commissions now held by the officers thereof, and issue in their stead commissions as of the same date, conferring the proper rank and grade.
  7. 7. On the day on which the term of service of any volunteer company now in service shall expire, the men refusing to re-enlist and not drafted for service shall be discharged, and the commissions of all the company officers shall be vacated. And on the same day, or as soon thereafter as may be the other members of the company, the volunteers so re-enlisting, with the complement furnished by voluntary enlistment and draft, shall proceed to reorganize the company and elect its officers.
  8. 8. Whenever a majority of the companies composing any regiment or battalion shall be reorganized under the provisions of the preceding sections, the commissions of the field officers of such regiment or battalion shall be vacated; and as soon thereafter as may be, the company officers shall elect for a regiment one Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel and Major, and for a battalion, one Major.
  9. 9. The company and field officers so elected shall be commissioned by the Governor; the commissions of those re-elected to the same office to be of the same date with their former commissions. Those not re-elected shall continue to discharge the duties and be entitled to the compensation of officers of their grade and rank respectively, until their successors are commissioned; and thereafter they may retire from the service.
  10. 10. Except in the cases mentioned in the sixth section of this act. there shall be for each company a captain and three lieutenants, who shall be elected by the company and commissioned by the Governor.
  11. 11. The term of service of all persons drafted or volunteering under the provisions of this act shall be three years, deducting therefrom the term of their previous service during the existing war; nor shall any volunteer declining to re-enlist, who may be drafted under this act, be ordered to duty for the period of forty days from the expiration of his previous term of service, unless in the opinion of the Governor the public exigencies shall imperatively demand his services. And the General Assembly recommend that a furlough of at least sixty days be granted to all volunteers who may re-enlist at such time as the public exigencies may allow.
  12. 12. Any person who may be drafted under the provisions of this act may, at any time before he shall be mustered into the service of the Confederate States, furnish an able-bodied man, well clothed, who shall be accepted as his substitute; but the person furnishing such a substitute shall perform ordinary militia duty during the substitute's absence. Should such substitute, while thus engaged for another, be drafted or called on to perform his own tour of duty, the person furnishing him shall be required to take his place, or to furnish another substitute on the same terms.
  13. 13. Whenever the Governor shall be required to fill up companies under this act, be shall be authorized to accept volunteers in lieu of drafting.
  14. 14. This act shall be in force from the passage thereof.

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