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Union Blue and Militia Gray:
The Role of the New York State Militia
in the Civil War
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Chapter 3
Raising the Volunteers

The outbreak of the Civil War shook the state militia and its command and control headquarters out of its lethargy. Years of the absence of an external threat and fiscal shortcomings had imposed a certain complacency on all concerned. Deficiencies existed in the supply of weapons, equipment, uniforms and facilities. Leaders soon discovered that the Federal government lacked the resources and organization to raise the mass armies that would be needed to suppress the rebellion. The state governments would successfully shoulder that burden throughout the entire war, and especially in the first two years. Although the pre-war militia had largely been self-sustaining, the new volunteer forces would have to be raised from scratch. The task of raising these forces therefore constituted the second major mission of the militia establishment.

Chapter Three Footnotes

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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
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