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LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

JUL 30 1936

Letter Transmitting Report of The Adjutant General

STATE OF MARYLAND,

Office of the Adjutant General,

ANNAPOLIS, 31st December, 1913.

To His Excellency, The Governor, State of Maryland, Annapolis.

Sir:

In accordance with the Militia Law of Maryland, 1908, as amended, I respectfully submit, herewith, a report upon the operations of the Military Department of the State for the years of 1912-1913.

For convenience and reference purposes, my report is arranged as follows:

1. General review of conditions, field duties, armory instruction, properties, uniform and armament, organization, appropriations and recommendations.

2. Statement showing receipts and disbursements of funds controlled by this Office.

3. Statement of Quartermaster, Ordnance, Signal, Artillery, Medical, Naval and miscellaneous Military property, issued and in store for equipment of the Maryland National Guard.

4. Reports from Organization Commanders and Chiefs of Departments.

The Register of Commissioned Officers and the General Orders issued by this office are published in separate volumes, as they are intended for constant use and reference purposes by persons to whom issued.

GENERAL REVIEW.

The Maryland National Guard during the two years ended 31st December, 1913, underwent considerable change in its commissioned personnel and enlisted strength, which resulted in marked improvement along all lines. The system of instruction, necessary to train our forces for active duty in the field, have been steadily improved and enlarged. The general idea followed in years past was to permit individual and organization instruction to largely rest with the organization commanders without any direct control or supervisory jurisdiction exercised by any one authority competent to do so. The result of two or more schemes of instruction concurrent within a command composed of several units is at once apparent. This system, wholly at variance with military principle and the results sought, has been changed to one wherein both for the individual and the organizations, as such, a progressive scheme of instruction, suitable to the grade of the individual and size of command, has been established. The drill season of 1912 showed gratifying improvement, and the instruction period of 1913—both armory and field-produced greater improvement, with assurance of continued and steady progress. The attendance at both armory drills and in field instruction has improved, and constant efforts are being made to increase the percentage present for duty at all drills and field instruction. When it is remembered that the officers and men of our organizations cheerfully give gratuitously much of their time, and in many instances at considerable pecuniary loss, it should be a matter of pride and gratification to the people of Maryland that their organized Militia will favorably compare with the Militia of other States as a whole.

CHANGES IN ORGANIZATIONS.

On 8th May, 1912, Company F, First Infantry, was mustered into the service, with station at Hyattsville, Maryland.

On 9th May, 1912, Company L, First Infantry, was mustered into the service, with station at Laurel, Maryland.

Both companies are well located and there is every reason to believe that they will measure up to requirements. Company F, First Infantry, by reason of its proximity to the city of Washington, is particularly advantageously situated to keep up its enlisted personnel to the authorized maximum. It already numbers in its strength men who formerly were members of the National Guard, District of Columbia, but were citizens of this State and preferred service in an organization of the Maryland National Guard. It is gratifying to report that this Company, although only little more than a year old, was a one hundred per cent. company at the State Rifle Range during 1913, and won first honors in the National Defense Trophy Match-the first time awarded since the trophy was presented to the State of Maryland three years ago by the E. I. Du Pont de Nemours Powder Company.

Since the last report submitted by this office, it was necessary to muster out of the service Companies B and K, of the First Infantry, owing to the difficulty in obtaining the proper indi.

viduals as commissioned officers, although every means and more than ample time was devoted to rehabilitating both Companies. Both Companies were mustered out this year, and at the present time this office has received inquiries from Silver Springs, Frostburg, Oakland and Hagerstown, regarding organizing companies of Infantry. These are now being looked into with the view of selecting the two best locations.

During the present year, Company A, Hospital Corps, was discontinued, and the officers and men transferred to a new organization designated Field Hospital No. 1. This change was made, conforming with a more appropriate organization of the Land Forces. Sanitary Troops, consisting of a detachment of enlisted men for each regiment, were also provided for in order to conform to the proper organization of a regiment of Infantry.

UNIFORMS, ARMS AND EQUIPMENT. During the last two years the common tentage, furnished in 1901, for use of the enlisted force, has been properly accounted for to the United States, and has been replaced by 250 pyramidal tents, complete. There have also been procured 52 wall tents, complete, 28 hospital tents, complete, and 300 shelter tents, halves, required to replace unserviceable tentage.

The three (3) Regiments of Infantry have been supplied with complete signal kits.

All revolvers and holsters, cal. 38, have been called in, packed, and are now ready for return to the United States upon receipt of the new cal. 45, automatic pistol, ordered supplied by the Secretary of War.

Field Hospital No. 1 was supplied with an up-to-date Field Hospital Equipment, including escort wagons and necessary harness, etc.

During the last two years the State has procured for use of its organized Militia, field service unifrom as follows:

Quartermaster Stores : 600 Blankets, Olive Drab, 1,125 Service Caps, 1,410 Service Hats, 1,431 Coats, Olive Drab Wool and Cotton, 2,478 pairs Breeches, Olive Drab Wool and Cotton, foot

and mounted,
1,285 Shirts, Olive Drab,
1,100 pairs Leggins,

299 Overcoats, Olive Drab,
1,794 pairs Shoes,
840 Ponchoes and
60 Slickers,

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