I was reading through a bound edition of my family's history that starts about 1750 and ends in the 1980s. This is on my mother's (Norwegian) side of the family. In the history section around the Civil War the family writer at the time included this paragraph describing the topic of "Militia" in around that time. I hope you enjoy the read. It takes place in Black Hammer, Minn.: Drilling at Home to be Ready It was also Ordered by the Government that all able bodied men should organize themselves into a Militia and form a Company in each Township by electing a Captain, Seargent and Other officers and set aside Saturday afternoon for drilling a disabled Officer or Veteran Soldier was sent out over the country to give lessons at first, and those that had guns would have them along and others would make wooden guns that would answer the purpose for practice to learn to handle them, and go through the performance of first Attention, Present Arms, Order Arms, Shoulder Arms, Forward March, and right about face, Charge Bayonette and Charge Catridge and fire, and Meny other Manovers but I merely mention these so you may know that I also took part in these practices and we young chaps certainly injoyed it immencely and Most of the older once had ben Soldiers in Norway and while it was a little different here they soon caught on and was given great credit by the Officers for learning so fast and handling themselves with such splendid Military tacts. Now these practices only went on in the summer time and was done for the purpose of having the men trained in case of emergency. Wow, I just realized that first paragraph was all one sentence. I also included the misspellings and the random capitalizations that I guess were not uncommon back then. Can you imagine OUR own government suggesting that we citizens organize ourselves into our OWN militias?