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Commission established pursuant to General Assembly resolution approved June 25, 1874 (Acts & Resolves, Vol. 69 # 23). Resolved, (the house of representatives concurring) That his Excellency the governor be, and he is hereby authorized to appoint a commission to take into consideration and report upon such subjects as may be by him referred to them relating to the militia organization in this state. Such commission to consist of two persons appointed by the governor on his own nomination, and five to be selected by him from the active militia, one presenting the cavalry, one each from the light and heavy artillery and two from the infantry; Provided that such commissioners shall be entitled to no compensation except for clerk hire and other necessary expenses.
Initial commission appointees included Major General William R. Walker, Colonel J. Lippitt Snow, Colonel Benjamin B. Martin, Retired Colonel Robert Grosvenor, Captain J. Albert Brown & Judge Advocate N. P. S. Thomas