The Cleveland Grays: An Urban Military Company, 1837-1919

The Cleveland Grays: An Urban Military Company, 1837-1919

The Cleveland Grays: An Urban Military Company, 1837-1919

The Cleveland Grays: An Urban Military Company, 1837-1919

Synopsis

From its founding during an 1837 Canadian rebellion against Britain when Cleveland was close to the fighting, the Cleveland Grays military company served at home and in active wartime duty. This book takes a detailed look at the company's membership, service, travels and social activities.

Excerpt

Americans have never liked the idea of maintaining a large standing army or the thought of being forced into military service. However, despite this antimilitary bent in our national psyche, an army had to be organized and manned.

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution recognized the militia, and the Militia Act of 1792 gave it its legal teeth. the Constitution placed the responsibility of appointing officers and prescribing training for the militia squarely upon the shoulders of the states, which often were unhappy about these new mandatory responsibilities. the organized or common militia had to be effectively administered, trained, and equipped. the procurement of arms and equipment was not only a time-consuming enterprise but also an expensive one. Service in the militia was also, generally, unpopular. Consequently, local politicians had no qualms about underfunding the militia or turning a blind eye to the enforcement of the law. the . . .

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