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Philadelphia's Home Guard, instituted in September, now numbers around four thousand members

Alfred Pleasonton, detail
11/26/1861
The commander of the Home Guard in Philadelphia, General Alfred Pleasonton, confirmed at a meeting of senior officers that the force now numbered around four thousand active members.  Since the state had determined the Guard was a city and not a state unit, resolutions were made that the City Councils on the Safety and Defense of the City swiftly appropriate funds for the support of the units raised to make sure that all members had a uniform and adequate facilities for drill.  (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), II: 788.

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