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State Military Matters

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At the meeting of the state military board, held at Lansiug recently, of which Charles E. Grisson of St. Johns is president, Col. W. C. Fitzsimmons of the regiment and Col. Brown of the 2d were present, by invitation, and took part in the consultation relative to Yorktown centennial matters. President Grisson, previous to this meeting, had given hls reasons why a brigade encampment is not practicable the present year. In the first placo the legislatura of 1870 paaaed an net to increase the military tax to 3J cents lor eaeh person who was at the last preceding census a resident of the state. This would inerease the military fund over $14,000, but the census of this state was not otficially reported iïom the general government until too lateto be placed in the apportionment of this year's tax. Three-fourths of the companies of state troops have worn their present clothing since the summer of 1874. This condition of things was brought about by the lack of f unds, and the same cause has prevented a brigade encampment. As there has been a general idea that the Yorktown celebration is interfering with the brigade encampment, Col. Gris.wn explains this matter in the folio wing words: "The state legislature at its last sessrion made an appropriation for Michigan sentation in tlie Yorktown celebration. A portion of this sum has been set apart for the military by the proper authorities. It has not been contemplated for a moment by the military authorities to use any portion of the military fund for this purpose. The animal encamüment is not interfered with in the least by the Yorktown celebration; they are in 'every way separate and distinct." ïhose who claim that the law speeially provides for an animal brigade encampment are referred to section 109, act 116, of the laws of 1873. GENERAL ORDERS NO. 10. The following general order was issued f rom the adjutant general' s o Hice on Friday: Oq recommendation of the state military board, the following order is promulgated rgarding the centeniiial celebration to be held at Yorktowu, Va on the l'Jth of Octcber uext ensuing. . ' The forcé to constitute the military i sentatiou of the state at Yorktown bliall be composed of bíx coinpanies, each to consist of not more nor less than 40 rank and file. The eonipanies to be selected upon the record at regimental headquarters aod by competitive drül, and froin those who have already, or who uiayon or auout tlie löth of August uext, signify to the adjutant general at Lansiüg their desire to enter into the competitioa under the prescribed Unns. The liiigadecommander will Bflect and detail a board of ofücers, uot oxceeding three In uuinber, who shall act as inspectora and who Bliall designate and report lo him the companies enütled to be selected lor the service referred to. Their report, when approved at brigade and departuient headtiuarters, sliall he final. He will also select and detail such field officers a8 he may deeui uecessary for the couiinand. The suni of $6,000, assigned to the military portion of the representatiou, will be appropriated in iletiayiug its expeosea, including a band, and will be made to go as far toward coverimg tb entire expenses as possible. Ño eoutract haring yet been made for transpoi taü.m, the cost of that f.Bd the exteiit to which tüe appropriatiou inay exceed the cost Of. trausportaüou and the employiupuo of the band, caauot yet he definitely determined. Any acees of the appropriation over the cost of such traDsportanoa aud band will be applied to detray the cost of subsistence, bat so far as the appropriation falls short of coveriDg the expense of such subsisteuce, the companies uud oth'oers of the coinmand must bear that amount, which amouut will, wheu ascertained, be published to couipanies in a subsequent order. Transportation to and froin the point of rendezvoiH in the state shall tw f nrnished, but no pay can be allowed, as the law making the appropriation provides that the service shall be nsndered without compensatiou. It is estimated that the time requtred to ba absent from the state wiil not exceed eight days. An order in further detail on the subject will be made by the brigade cominander. Hv nrdr of ïhe commander-in-chief.


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