Introduction to Military Affairs, Vol. 1
by Jon Roland

Volume 1 is a collection of reports to the U.S. Congress of military and militia matters. It is especially interesting for the insight it provides on early thinking on militia and the right to keep and bear arms. Of special interest are the following reports:

  1. Organization of the Militia, 1789 — Page 7ff
  2. Militia Return, 1803 — Page 163ff
  3. Militia Report, 1815 — Page 604ff

There are also militia returns for the years 1794, 1805, 1809, 1810, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1816, 1818, and 1819, which can be found using the Table of Contents or the Index.

It is planned to expand this discussion to comment on particular points in these reports and what they reveal.

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