CONSTITUTION BY-LAWS OF THE OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Organized December 6th, 1860. ALEXANDRIA: WJIITE & BALDWIN PRINTERS, 1861. CONSTITUTION BY-LAWS OF THE OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Organized December 6th, 1860. ALEXANDRIA : WHITE & BALDWIN PRINTERS, 1861. George Washington Flowers Memorial Collection DUKE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ESTABLISHED BY THE FAMILY OF COLONEL FLOWERS C FLOURS R$%. CONSTITUTION. PREAMBLE. The undersigned, citizens of Virginia, prompted by a desire to contribute in the most effectual manner to the vindication ot the honor of our State, the preservation ot the liberties and ina- lienable rights transmitted to us by ourpitriot fathers and the protection of the lives, liberty and property of our fellow citizens — for the safety of which we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor; beicg also deeply impressed with the truth that a well organized and disciplined militia is the best defence again-t foreign invasion, civil commotion and lawl.j*s violence; in order to further and cultivate a martial spirit amongst our people, have formed ourselves into i Military Corps, and do hereby ordain and establish for out government the followirg Constitution and By-Laws. ARTICLE I. The name of the company shall be the OLD DOMINION RIFLES, ARTICLE II. Sec. 1.— The Commissimed Officers (who shall be chosen in the manner prescribed by the laws of the State of Virginia ) shall consist of a Captain and First, Second and Third Lieutenants, which grades shall only be vacated by death, resignation or sen- tence of a Court Martial, said sentence to be con- firmed unless reversed by a vote oi two thirds of the company. Sec. 2.- -The non-Commissioned Officers of the company shall consist of not more than five (5) Sergeants, and four (4) Corporals, who shall be appointed by the Commanding Oificar of tho Com- pany, which appointment shall continue until deata, resignation or sentence of reduction to the ranks, or of dismissal by C<urt Martial. The sen- tence of the Court to be enforced, unless an appeal be sustained by a two t'jird vote. ARTICLE III. Sec. L- The Civil Officers of the Company shall be a Surgeon, Quartermaster, Secretary, Treas- urer and Armorer, for which officers there shall be an annual election on the First Monday of De- cember, and a majority of all the members pres- ent shall constitute a choice, ARTICLE IV. Sec. 1. — This shall bo a joint stock or consoli- dated company. The equipments, uniforms and accoutrements of every descriotion shall belong to, and be under the sole control of the Company, and not of individual members. Re.' olved, how- ever, that the Swords, Epi.ulettes and Sashes of the Commissioned Officers shall be purchased by them and belong to them irdividually. Sec. 2. — Each member upon being elected and signing the Constitution, shall pay unto the Treas- urer the full cost of a unifoi m, and if not able so to do, then he is to pay in as much as his means will allow. It is left to the honor of the members to comply with the spirit of this article. ARTICLE Y. Sec. 1. — The Company in order to uniform and equip completely and to defray other necessary expenses ;-hall have pow^r to issue certificates of indebtedness of not more than twenty dollars ( $ 10) each, bearing six (6) per cent interest, and paya- ble semi-annu illy. Said interest to be paid outof any money in the Treasury. Said certific ites of debt not to exctedin amount t,\o thousand (2000) dollars. Sec. 1. — There shall be a Sinking Fund of dollars per moo'h from the monthly dues collected set apart to * educe any debt incurred by issuing certificates. Sec. 3. — The certificates of debt shall be signed by the Secretary, countersigned by the Treasurer and endorsed by the Commissioned Officers. ARTICLE VI. Sec. 1. — There shall be attached to the Armory the ordinary fixtures of a Gymnasium, and a Reading Room, as means for the better develop- ment of the moral, intellectual, and physical na- tures of the members of this Company. ARTICLE VII. Sec. 1. — There shall ba a Re ;ular Meeting on the First Monday of each month Sec. 2. — Elections to fill vacancies that may oc- cur shall be held at the regular monthly meetings. Sec. 3. — By Laws not inconsistent with the Con- stitution may be passed by a vote ot three f)urth3 of any meeting of the Company, consisting of not less than twenty-five (25) members. ARTICLE VIII. Articles may be added and amendments may be made to the Constitution, by submitting such alter- ation or amendment, in writing, to any meeting of the Company, to be referred by them to a Com- mittee, who shall report on the same at a subse- quent meeting, which shall be held at, a period not less than fifteen (15) days from the appointment of said Committee. For this meeting special notice shall be served, and no alteration or amendment shall be adopted, except by a vote of three-fourths of such meeting, which meeting shall consist of not les3 than thirty (30) members. BY-LAWS. LAW!. UNIFORM. The Uniform of the Company shall be of Vir- ginia made, Ciidet Grey Cloth, a Jacket of the pattern of the Hungarian Riflemen; the Zouave Pant?; ibe Cap after the style ot the Fremh In- fantry; all trimmed with Green, ana the Virginia State Buttons. LAW 2. MEETINGS. Sec. 1. — There shall be held meetings of the Company on every Monday and Thursday eve- nings throughout the year, at which the roll shall be called b^ the senior non-Commissioned officer present, at'seven anda half (7%) o'clock during the winter, and during the summer months at eight (8) o'clock, P. M. But at any meeting for drill or parade, business may be transacted (except in those classes of cases for which the Constitution makes other provision) and at the discretion of the Commanding Officer, any meeting for drill can be devoted to recruits. Sec. 2. — Tbe Commanding Officer shall at any time upon the written request of ten members con- vene the company. Sec. 3.— At all meetings for. Drill, the members will appear in full Fatigue Dress. Sec. 4. — At all meetings for business, the senior Commissioned Officer present shall take the chair,) and the senior non-commissioned officer present call the roll. Sec. 5. — At every meeting of this Company, one Commissioned, one non-Commissioned officer, and twenty-five ( 25 ) privates shall constitute a quorum. LAW 3. COMMITTEES. Sec. 1. — There shall be chosen by ballot at the Annual Meeting, a Recruiting Committee, a Fi- nance Committee and a Room Committee, to con- sist of three (3) members each, who shall com- mence their duties on the Thursday following their election. A majoritv of all the members present shall be necessarv to a choice. Sec 2. — It snail be the dutv of the Recruiting Committee, when an application for membership in this Company is received, to examine into the qualifications of such applicant — hisabilitv toper- form the duties required of hi u, to inquire into and ascertain his character for mor ilit> and gen- tlemanly conduct, and to reportin detail the result of their investigations. The member proposing a recruit shall act as a member of the committee tor the time being. Sec. 3. — It shall be the duty of the Finance Com- mittee to examine from time to time the book of the Company and vouchers for money paid; to as- certain the condition of receipt and expenditure, the balance that may be due by merrbers, and to make a detailed report semi-annually of the re- spective amounts due by each member. T hey shall also esamine and pass upon all bills due by the Company before payment thereof. Sec. 4.— It shall be the duty of the Room and Armory Committee to take entire charge of the same, and to see tnat the same is kept in suitable order and repair. Clause 2. — The Armory shall be closed at elev- en (11) o'clock, P. M., or within one hour after drill or meeting, and no member si) all remain in the room after that time, except b} permission of the Ctfminittce or the Commandant. Clause 3. — No member shall handle or interfere with any of the arms or equipments except they be his own. unless by permission of the owner thereof, or the Commandant. Clause 4. — A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. SECRETARY. Sec. 5. — Clause!. — It shall be the duty of the Secretary to record the proceedings of all meetings in books kept for that purpose, (which books he shall bring- or send to every regular meeting to- gether with all other books relating to the affairs of the Company in his custocy, under a penalty of two (2) dollars for each offence; and to keep a just, and true account of all fines, dues, and asses- ments accruing to the Company. He shall also collect the same and pay them over to the Treas- urer, whose receipt for the same shall be a suffi- cient voucher. Clause 2. — He shall make a quarterly return of all members six months in arrears, and stale the amount due from each delinquent. Clause 3.— He -hall serve every member with a written notice of his election into the Company. Clause 4. --He shall surrender thj books to the Finance Committee upon the requizitior thereof, and for his services shall be exempt from dues. TREASURER. Sec. 6 — It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep correct accounts of all money's received or paid by him on account of the Company in bookg kept for tha purpose. He shall pay all bills of the Company after they hove bern endorsed by the Finance Committee, and report at every Monday meetings the state of the Company fund. He shall surrender his books to the Finance Committee upon requisition thereof. L\W4. COURT-MA RT1 AX. Sec. 1. — At each annual meeting 1 there shall be a Court-Martial consisting of one Commissioned officer, one non-Commissioned officer and three privates elected by a vote of two thirds of the members present, whose duties shall be to take cognizance of all casses arising from a violation of these By-Laws, the Constitution, and of the rules necessary to the maintenance of the character of the Company before the enemy and in the eyes of our citizens. This Court shall convene on the first Monday in every January, March, May, July, Sep- tember, November and December, at such hour and place as shall not conflict with the regular bus- ne3S of the Company. But the President may con" vene the Court at any other time. The Secretary of the Company shall act as Recorder of the Court, and in his absence the President may ap- point one of the members pro tern. The President shall be entitled to the casting vote. Clause 2. — It shall require the votes of two-thirds of the Company to set aside, or alter the decision of the Court. Clause 3. — All returns, excuses, and statements to the Court shall be on honor and the members thereof shall, on honor, well and truly try and de- termine such matters as come under their jurisdic- tion, and impose and enact such fines and penalties as any member of the Company may be subject to pay, according to the provision of the Bv-Laws. THE RECORDER shall keep a correct record of the proceedings of the Court, make out all notices to delinquents to appear before said Court, as the President thereof shall direct, and deliver the same to the Orderly Sergeant for service; to serve all notices that he shall be directed to serve by the President, and to make returns within five (5) days to the Company of all fines that may be as- sessed by the Court. THE COURT shall appoint a Sergeant at-Arms, whose duty it shall be to preserve order at all meetings of the Court, under the direction of the President thereof. Clause 4. — In cases where members shall be fined by default, the Court may remit the fine in all, or in part, if a sulficient excuse be rendered on or before the next regular meeeting. Clause 5. — Any member considering himself aggrieved by a decision of the Court-Martial shall be allowed an appeal to the Company, at any reg- ular meeting thereof, but it shall require the con- sent of two-thirds of the members present to annul or modify Fuch decision. Clause 6 — The majority of the Court-Martial shall constitute a quorum thereof. LA.W5. COMMISSIONED OFFICERS. Sec. 1 — The Commandant shall be by virtue of his office, a member of all committees, and may in the absence from the city of any member of the Court-Martial, or of any of the Committees, fill the vacancy pro tern. Sec. 2. — Any Officer ushig language, or conduct- ing himself in a manner, unbecoming an Officer and a gentleman, at drill, or meeting of the Com- pany of any description, may be presented to the Court-Martial in written charges or specifications by any member of the Company. LAW 6. NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS. Sec. 1.— Clause h — It shall be the duty of each of the non- commissioned officers to keep a correct roll of the members with the residence of each, and to be provided with a roll at every meeting or parade of the Company; to attend the drills of the recruits in fatigue dress, with musket, bayonet and belt, when ordered to do so by the Commandant. Clause 2.- -It shall be the duty oi the Orderly Sergeant to arrange and divide the members of tbis Company into squads as nearly equal as may be, and to assign to each of tne Corporals one of the said squads, on which he is to serve orders and notices; but the Orderly may make such alter- ations therein, as from time to time, may be neces- 10 sary, and in case of the sickness or absence from the city ' f either of the non-Commissioned officers, he may direct another of the non-Commissined offi- cers to serve the squad of the one who may be sick or absent from the city, and the said non-Commis- sioned officer shall serve the said squad as he shall be directed bv the Orderly Sergeant. Clause 3. — The Second Sergeant shall, upon any drill or parade, see that the equipments of the members are in good order, and report every de- linquent to the Secretary. Sec. 4. — No officer shall be elected to any office in this company except by a majority of all votes east at the election, and unless he is free from in- debtedness to the Companv. LAW 7 OF MEMBERS, Sec. 1. — The admission of members into this Company shall be by ballot, and if five votes at any such election, shall be in the negative, the appli- cant shall not be elected. Ce\use 2. — Every member while in uniform, or wearing: any part thereof, shall beheld responsible to the Companv for his conduct. Clause 3.— For defraying the necessary expen- ses of the Company, each member (except the Cor- porals and Secretary) shall pay to the Treasurer twenty cents at every monthly meeting — Commis- sioned Officers shall pay double dues. Clause 4. — It shall be the duty of each member of this Company, upon changing his residence or the place at which he may have directed his orders to be served, to notify the Orderly Sergeant with- in three days thereafter. Clause 5. — Every member who shall be absent 11 from three consecutive drills without being able to give a sufficient excuse, shall be returned to the Company for expulsion. Clause 6. — No member, who shall be six (6) months in arrears for any fines, dues or assesments, shall have any voice or vote in the Company until he has balanced his account in the Company's books; and if any member shall neglect to SPtfle his accounts after that period, he shall be returned to the Company for expulsion. LAW 8. EXPULSION. Sec. 1. — Clause 1. — No member shall be expelled from this Company except by a resolution adopted by two thirds cf the members present at any reg- ular meeting thereof. Clause 2. — When any member shall be reported for expulsion, his case thall lie over for action until the nest or such subsequent meeting as the Com- pany may direct, ind the Secretary fhnll cause to be served upon him, or at the place he may have directed his notices to be left, a written order to appearand show cause, if any he has, why expul- sion should not ensue. Clause 3. — Any person who has been expelled from membership in this or any other Company, shall be considered dishonored, and shall not be eli- gible for re-election; and such expulsion shall in all cases be issued in order. LAW 9. DEATH OF MEMBERS, Sec. 1. — In case of the death of a member of the Company, it shall be the duty of any member hav- ing knowledge thereof, to report the same to the 12 Commandant without delay, when he shall notify the members of the Company to attend the fune- ral in citizen's dress, or (if agreeable to the friends of the deceased) direct a parade in full uniform for the purpose of rendering funeral honors in the ob- sequies. LAW 10. HONORARY MEMBERS. Sec. 1. — Any member whose time of service shall have expired, and who shall remain in the Com- pany, shall be required to attend all regular meet- ings, or pay the fines and pay the amount of quar- terly dues as other members, but shall not hi- com- pelled to attend any Company drills. LAW 11. FINES AND PENALTIES. Sec. 1.— The following fines and penalties shall be incurred, and imposed for not conforming with the By-Laws, except in cases where a satisfactory excuse be rendered as hereinbefore provided : Clause 1.— For not appearing within fifteen (15) minutes after roll-call, at any meeting of this Com- pany for business or drill Ten cents; for appearing from fifteen to thirty minutes after roll-call at any such meeting 15 cents; and for appearing after that time, the same as for non-attendance. Clause 2. — For non-attendance at any meeting of this Company for drill, Twenty-five cents. Clause 3. — For non-attendance at any regular or special meeting of this Company for business, Twenty-five cents. Cla.use4. — For appearing at any parade with de- ficient equipments or accoutrements, or if the same be in a soiled condition, Fifty cents. 13 Clause 5. — For leaving the room at any meeting of the Company without permission of the Senior Officer present, or for leaving the Company at drill or parade, One Dollar. Clause 6. — For disobeying any order of the Comminding or presiding Officer at any meeting or drill of the Company, One Dollar. Clause 7. — For non-attendance before Court- Martial, when regularly notified, at the time spe- cified, Fifty cents. Clause 8. — For disrespect to, or noisy or ungen- tlemanly conduct before the Court-Martial, Fifty cents. Clause 9. — For non-attendance at Company pa- rades ordered in pursuance of a resolution of the Company, not more than one dollar, or less than fifty cents. Clause 10. — For appearing within fifteen min- utes after the time specified and ordered for parade 10 cents, and for appearing from fifteen to thirty minutes after, 15 cents, for appearing after that time the same as " • non-attendance. Clause 11. — k.. every neglect or failure on the part of any non-commissioned officer, to do or perform any or either of the duties tlat he may be. required to do and perform by these By-Laws, he shall b« fined Fifty cenK Clause 12. — For disorderly conduct or conduct unbecoming a Soldier, on parade, not more than One Dollar, nor less than Fifty cents. Clause 13. — For not notifying the Orderly of a changv) of residence, as hereinbefore required, Twenty-five cents. Clause 14.— For every neglect and failure on the part of the Secretary to do or perform any or either of the duties that he is requested to do or 14 perform by these By-Laws, he shall be fined One Dollar. Clause 15. — The mexbersof the Court-Martial, for appearing within fifteen minutes after time specified in order, Twenty -five cents; and for ap- pearing from fifteen to thirty minutes after, Thirty seven cente; for appearing after that time, the same as f< r non-attendanoe. Clacse 16. — The members of all Committees, for non-attendance at any meeting of their respec- tive Committees, which shall be called by the Chairman thereof, ~h?ll be fined Twenty five cents. Clause 17. — For every non-observince of the By Laws, for which a fine is not hereinbefore pro- vided such fine or penalty as the Court-Martial shall impose Clause 18. — The Room Committee, for every default in attendance to duty, shall Oe fined One Dollar. Clause 19. — Any member who shall in any way deface the room, or in leaving, neglect to close and lock the door, shall be fined the amount of damage done. LAW 12. Amending and Revising By-Laws. Clause 1. — For the purpose of altering, revising or abolishing any Article of these By-L tws, a vote of two-thirds of the members present at a regular meeting f hall be necessary; and all amendments shall lie over for consideration at the next meeting, when, f agreed to by a similar vote, they shall be equal'y binding with the original. Clause 2. — Any Article, Section, or Superdivi- sion of these By-Laws, may be suspended for any one Meeting, by the unanimous consent of all the members present at any such meeting. 15 LAW 13. RESIGNATIONS. Sec. 1. — No member's resignation can be accept- ed until he has paid up in full for his uniform, and all dues and tines to tbe Company. Clause 2. — In event of resignation, he will be allowed such amount for his uniform as the Com- pany may agree upon. ROLL OF ACTIVE MEMBERS. MONTGOMERY D. CORSE, Captain, ► ARTHUR HERBERT, First Lieutenant, WM. H. r OWLE, Jr., Second Lieutenant, D. F. FORREST, Third Lieutenant. X WM. W. ZIMMERMAN, First Sergeant, «* GEORGE SIGGERS, Second Sergeant, / r THOA1AS S. tSMOOT, Third Sergeant, <*-<-**"' S. R. SHINN, Fourth Sergeant. ALBION HURDLE, First Corporal, J. E. GREEX, Second Coporal, * f J. H. H. IOWLE, Third Corporal, dU-c^ JAMES E. GRLVKS, Fourth Corporal. . ■ ,.. DR. HAROLD SNOWDEN, Surgeon. / /» THOS. V. FITZHUGH, Secretary. *** * ' FRANK WISE, Treasurer. PRIVATES. William W. Adam, John S. Murray, * w Vernon W. Ashby, F. Willick Miller, * John A. Arnold, John T. Mills, > Harrison Appich, Frederick Moore, V V Samuel N. Aubinoe, Charles H. Murray, Edward F. Baldwin, James Murphy, v William H. Bacon, James L. Norris, Edwin G. Barber, Benjamin K. Plain, yr 16 y > V * Edwin S. Beachum, James A. Cawood, James Godwin. Louis E. Hough, William J. Higdon, William J. Hall, Emory Howell, James P. Jordan, Arthur C. Kell, John E. Krause, William F. Kidwell, Owen Kinslow, William H. Lunt, William A.. Lovelace, L. W. McVeigh, T. E. McVeigi, Francis A. Merchant, George W. 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