May 3, 1861
Meeting in McLeansville.
At a meeting
of a portion of the citizens of Guilford, held at McLeansville, on Saturday
evening, the 27th of April, 1861, on motion, A. C. Lindsay, Esq. Was
called to the Chair, and D. N. Sherwood was requested to act as Secretary.
Chairman, in a few very appropriate remarks, explained the object of the
meeting, when the following preamble and resolutions were presented for the
consideration of those present:
are now in the midst of one of the most important Revolutions that has ever
occurred in the history of our race; And Whereas, in the progress of the
Revolution, we have every reason to believe that no means will be spared –
however diabolical – to deprive us of our rights and our property, and to
invade the sanctity of our own homes, -- to endanger the lives of those nearest
and dearest to us all, THEREFORE, Resolved:
while our sons go forth with strong arms and brave hearts, to drive back the
invaders of our soil, we will organize and take all such steps as the crisis
demands, for the peace and security of our homes.
we whose names are annexed, do form ourselves into a Company to be known as the
McLeansville Home Guards.
officers of the Guard shall be a Captain, first-, second-, and
third-Lieutenants, and Orderly Sergeant, who shall be elected by the Company.
officers of this Company, in connection with four other members to be hereafter
named, shall constitute an Executive Committee to consult from time to time,
and recommend to the Company such steps as they may deem best calculated to
secure the objects of our organization.
member of the Company shall provide himself with a good rifle, shot-gun, or
we meet for drill every Saturday evening at 2 o’clock, until further ordered.
Resolutions were read separately and unanimously adopted.
On Motion, A
Committee consisting of Dr. J. A. McLean, A. P. Whittington, and Robert Wilson,
are appointed to prepare suitable By-Laws for the government of the Company.
Ordered that the proceedings of this meeting be published in The Patriot
and The Times.