What was the Militia Act of 1862?

Introduction The Militia Act of 1862 (12 Stat. 597, enacted 17 July 1862) was an Act of the 37th United States Congress, during the American Civil War, that authorised a militia draft within a state when the state could not meet its quota with volunteers. An Act to amend the Act calling forth the Militia… Read More

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What were the Militia Acts of 1792?

Introduction There were two Militia Acts enacted by the second United States Congress in 1792 that provided for the organisation of militias and empowered the President of the United States to take command of the state militias in times of imminent invasion or insurrection. The President’s authority had a life of two years, and was… Read More

What was the National Defence Act of 1916?

Introduction The National Defence Act of 1916, Pub.L. 64–85, 39 Stat. 166, enacted June 3, 1916, was a United States federal law that updated the Militia Act of 1903, which related to the organisation of the military, particularly the National Guard. The principal change of the act was to supersede provisions as to exemptions. The… Read More