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Sec[Section] 1. Be it enacted by the people of the state of Illinois represented in the General Assembly; That the counties of Calhoun, Pike, Schuyler, Adams, Hancock, McDonough, Warren, Knox, Fulton, Peoria, Henry and Mercer shall compose the fifth division of Illinois Militia; the counties of Jo Daviess, Whitesides, Rock Island, Ogle, Putnam, Lasalle, Iroquois, Will, Kane, Cook, McHenry, and Winnebago shall compose the sixth division of Illinois militia. The counties of Calhoun, Pike, Schuyler, and Adams shall compose the first brigade of the fifth division; The counties of Fulton, Peoria, Henry and Knox shall compose the second brigade of the fifth division; and the counties of Hancock, McDonough, Warren, and Mercer shall compose the third brigade of the fifth division. The counties of Jo Daviess, Whiteside, Rock Island, Ogle, Winnebago, and Putnam shall compose the first brigade of the sixth division; and the counties of Lasalle, Iroquois, Will, Cook, Kane, and McHenry shall ^20^ compose the second brigade of the sixth division.
Hereafter the county of Jefferson shall compose a part of the fourth brigade first division, and the county of Pope shall compose a part of the Second brigade of said division, any thing in the act to which this is an amendment to the contrary notwithstanding.
^1^ Sec 2. An election Shall be held by the officers of the third Brigade of the fifth division, at such time as the Major General of said division may order and
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direct. Said election shall be conducted in all respects in the same manner as is provided for in the act to which this is an amendment.
Sec 3. There shall be an election for major General of the sixth division and for Brigadier Generals of the first and second brigades of said division, held on the second Saturday of September next. Said elections shall be held and conducted in all respects as is provided for in the act to which this is an amendment; and returns thereof shall be forthwith transmitted to the Adjutant Generals office at Vandalia, whose duty it shall be, at the expiration of forty days from the day of Said election, to open and canvass the returns of election and cause commissions to issue to the person who may appear to be elected by said returns.
Sec 4. It shall be the duty of the sheriffs of the several counties in the fifth and sixth divisions, in which the militia are not organized to cause elections to be held on the second Saturday in August next for one Major in each of said counties, by giving three weeks previous notice by posting up written notices in three of the most public places in their respective counties, said elections to be held, at the county seat of each county, or place of holding courts, under the direction of the Sheriff, who shall appoint three judges and two clerks to conduct the same.
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Said elections shall be conducted in all other respects as is provided in the act to which this is an amendment. And it shall be the duty of said sheriffs, immediately after the said elections to transmit returns thereof, of their respective counties to the Adjutant General, whose duty it shall be to cause commissions to be issued to the persons elected.
Sec 5. The militia of said counties, organized as aforesaid, shall each constitute an odd battalion. And it shall be the duty of the several majors so elected to proceed immediately to organize their respective battalions, by laying ^out^ the same into company districts, and causing captains and Lieutenants to be elected. Said battalions shall, when organized be governed and perform duty in the same manner as the militia of this state are.
Sec 6. The majors of said battalions shall so soon as they are organized as aforesaid report to their respective Brigadier Generals.
Sec 7. Whenever it shall be necessary to divide any Regiment in this state so as to make two regiments, it shall be the duty of the Colonel as officer commanding the same to notify the Brigadier General of his brigade thereof, who may, if he thinks such division proper issue his order to the Colonel or officer commanding
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said regiment, directing him to convene a Board of officers of his regiment, which shall consist of all the commissioned officers thereof, a majority of whom shall constitute a quorum, the colonel or officer highest in rank present presiding. Said Board when so convened shall proceed to determine whether they will divide said regiment and if a division is agreed upon, they ^shall^ designate the line of division, and the place of holding the Regimental muster of the new regiment, and cause the Same to be recorded by the adjutant of said regiment, who shall be in attendance for that purpose. A return of the proceedings of said board shall forthwith be transmited to the General of said brigade who shall issue his order for an election for a colonel to command the new regiment, which shall be conducted and return thereof made as in other cases.
Sec 8. Commissioned officers living in the bounds of any regiment So created shall continue to hold their respective offices as though no such division had been made.
Sec 9. Colonels and commandants of odd battalions shall be all cases have the power to appoint their own staff.
Sec 10. The elections provided for by this act shall be subject to be contested in the Same manner as is provided for by the act to which this is an amendment.

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Passed the Senate Feby 2d 1837
J B Thomas Jr
Sec’y[Secretary] Senate

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No 307
A Bill entitled An act to amend an act entitled “An act for the organization of and government of the Militia of this State” approved March 2nd 1833.
To be Enrolled
as am
Com[Committee] on Mility[Military] affairs1
To be Enrolled as amend[amended]
1The Senate Committee on Military Affairs considered this bill twice, on January 26 and February 27, 1837.
Illinois Senate Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 301, 538.

Handwritten Document, 6 page(s), Folder 382, SB 124, GA Session 10-1, Illinois State Archives (Springfield),