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Militia Regiments by State - Spanish American War

The equipment of the National Guard was found to be very incomplete, in fact these organizations were obliged to depend almost wholly upon the United States authorities for clothing, camp, and garrison equipage. As there were no accumulated depots of supplies for this purpose, the equipments were manufactured after the outbreak of the war. The equipment of the volunteer army required many months and even as late as October, troops in camp and in the field were lacking in some articles of clothing, camp, and garrison equipage. When mustered in, the regiments of the National Guard were found to be either deficient in drill or wholly untrained, owing to the necessity of enlisting a large percentage of recruits to fill the organizations to the required strength.

There was great disparity in efficiency between the militia organisations of different States and of different localities in the same States. In some of the poorer communities of the South and West the local militia was only partly uniformed and not all armed, while in some of the large and rich cities of the North, where dread of riot had made wealthy citizens liberal to the local regiments, the equipment was not only effective but ornamental. Fate brings its compensations, however. It was not from the action of any half-clad company of a backwoods cross-roads that the sign of unwillingness to serve the country at the front in war-time came, but from the richest regiment in the richest city of the Union.

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