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In Philadelphia, the Committee on the Safety and Defense of the City reports on its preparations

Mobilization poster, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 16, 1863
10/18/1861
The Philadelphia press reported that up to October 18, 1861, the Committee of Councils on the Safety and Defense of the City had purchased 1,600 infantry rifles, including a thousand Enfields, 1,800 muskets, 250 sabres, 500 pistols, and ten artillery pieces to arm local militia units.  The Committee had acquired a former market house on Broad and Race Streets as an armory for citizen organizations defending the city.  (By John Osborne).
Source Citation: 
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), 785.

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