Head-Quarters, Nauvoo Legion,)
City of Ill. May 4, A. D. 1841)
Pursuant to an act of the Court Mar tial, the troops attached or belonging to the Legion, will parade at the place of general rendezvous, in the City of , for drill, review, and inspection, on Saturday, the 3rd day of July proximo. at half past 9 o’clock, A. M., armed and equipped according to law.
At 10 o’clock the line will be form ed, and the general officers conducted to their posts, under a fire of artillery.
The commandants of the 1st and 2nd companies. 2nd Battallion, 1st Regi ment, 2nd Cohort, are directed to enroll every man residing within the bounds of their respective commands, and not attached to any other company of the Legion, between the ages of 18 and 45 years, and notify them of their attach ment to the service, and their legal lia bilities.
As will be seen by the following le gal opinion of , of the Supreme Court of the State of , than whom no man stands more deser vedly high in the public estimation, as an able and profound jurist, politician, and statesman; the officers and privates, belonging to the Legion are exempt from all military duty not required by the legally constituted authorities there of; they are therefore expressly inhib ited from performing any military ser vices not ordered by the general offi cers, or directed by the Court Martial.
City of , Ill.,)
May 3rd, A. D. 1841.)
Dear Sir: In reply to your re quest, I have examined so much of the Nauvoo City Charter, and legislative acts, as relate to the “Nauvoo Legion,” and am clearly of opinion that “any citizen of who may attach himself to the ‘Nauvoo Legion’ has all the privileges which appertain to that independent military body,” and is “exempt from all other military du ty,” as provided in the 25th section of the City-charter; and cannot, therefore, be fined by any military or civil court, for neglecting or refusing to parade with any other military body, or un der the command of any officers who are not attached to said Legion. The language of the laws upon this subject is so plain and specific as to admit of no doubt as to its true meaning and intent. I do not consider it necessary, there fore, to enter into an argument to prove a position which is evident from an in spection of the laws themselves.
I am, very respectfully,
The Legion is not, as has been false ly represented by its enemies, exclu sively a Mormon military association, but a body of citizen-soldiers organized (without regard to political preferences or religious sentiments) for the public defence, the general good, and the pre servation of law and order—to save the innocent, unoffending citizen from the iron grasp of the oppressor, and per petuate and sustain our free institu tions against misrule, anarchy, and mob [p. 417]