- Organization of the Militia, 1789 — Page 7ff
- Militia Return, 1803 — Page 163ff
- Militia Report, 1815 — Page 604ff
There are also militia returns for the years 1794, 1805, 1809, 1810, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1816, 1818, and 1819, which can be found using the Table of Contents or the Index.
It is planned to expand this discussion to comment on particular points in these reports and what they reveal.
What does clearly emerge is the total absence of any consideration of restricting firearms possession or use, other than for training purposes. The focus was on arming, organizing, and training citizens. If some could not afford to purchase weapons, there was discussion of paying for weapons from tax funds to be given to them. It is also clear that the weapons were to be the state of the art in military equipment.