Laws of the State of Texas.
An Act to provide for the protection of the Frontier of the State of
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of
Texas, That the counties of Montague, Jack, Clay, Wise, Young,
Parker, Palo Pinto, Johnson, Erath, McLennan, Comanche, Hamilton,
Bosque, Coryell, Bell, Lampasas, Brown, San Saba, Llano,
Burnet, Gillespie, Bandera, Frio, Uvalde, M/ason, Medina, Atascosa,
Live Oak, Nueces, Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, Zapata, Webb,
El Paso, Blanco and Kerr, and that all unorganized counties be attached
as for Judicial purposes-may each organize a company of
Minute Men not to exceed forty in number, (rank and file.)
Sec. 2. That each member of such company, shall be required
to keep himself furnished with a suitable horse, gun, navy revolver,
at least one hundred rounds of ammunition, ten days provisions,
and all necessary equipments, to be ready at any moment when
called on to take the field.
Sec. 3. That said Minute Men shall be exempt from poll tax,
militia, road, and jury duty, and when in actual service, shall be
entitled to one dollar and fifty cents per day, covering all their
claims against the State.
Sec. 4. That each company shall be entitled to one Captain, ault
if numbering twenty men, and less than twenty-eight men to one
Lieutenant, and if numbering over twenty-eight men to two Lieutenants,
and each company shall be entitled to one Sergeant and
one Corporal for every ten men in said company.
Sec. 5. The Chief Justice or County Court, of each county above
mentioned, shall cause said men to be enrolled and organized the
same by holding elections, and when organized the Captain of each
company, shall return a muster-roll certified to by the Chief Justice
or County Court of their respective counties, to the Governor of the
State, and another copy to the Comptroller.
Sec. 6. The Captain of each company, when engaged in actual
service, or business for the company or service, shall be entitled to
two dollars and fifty cents per day; and Lieutenants, when similarly
engaged, to two dollars per day. No other allowances shall be made
to officers or men but the amount stated as "per diem" in this act.
Sec. 7. From each company, a number of spies not exceeding
ten men, and one commissioned officer, may be kept in constant
service as scouts, and when considered necessary, the officer in
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 5. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6727/. Accessed February 9, 2016.