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Pennsylvania votes $500,000 for the expansion of its militia

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1855, detail
The Pennsylvania Legislature took up its military appropriations bill and during the afternoon the news of the firing on Fort Sumter galvanized both chanbers.  The bill, drawn up by Alexander K. McClure, passed without amendment in the evening and provided $500,000 for the militia and an Adjudant-General, Commisary-General, and Quartermaster-General to lead and equip massively expanded state forces.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 753. 


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