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Alabama State Militia
Alabama Department of Archives and History
The eleven microfilm rolls listed below of Alabama state militiamen contain images of typed index cards alphabetized by surname (follow this link for an example card). The original handwritten documents from which the index cards were made must still reside in the Alabama State Archives. In 2007 and 2008, all eleven microfilm rolls were twice examined by Jim Chumney and the names of the pre-1830 Henry County militiamen extracted and entered into this website. The typed index cards contain some obvious mistakes, but the names were entered exactly as they appear on the typed cards. However, where possible, the information was entered on the website page for the correct person.
The names and information in the militia records are some of the oldest Henry County records discovered, dating from as early as July 1, 1820.
In the acts of the first General Assembly of the State of Alabama, "An act to provide for the Organization and Disciplining of the Militia of the State of Alabama" was approved on December 17, 1819. In it, Henry County was assigned militia regiment 25 in the 8th brigade of the 4th division. The 25th regiment remained Henry County's sole regiment through the pre-1830 period covered by this website.
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: A-Boardman, Volney, FHL US/CAN Film 1462797
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: Boardman-Clyde, Rbt. t., FHL US/CAN Film 1462798
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: Clyde-D, FHL US/CAN Film 1462799
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: E-G, FHL US/CAN Film 1462800
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: H-I, FHL US/CAN Film 1462801
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: J-Long, FHL US/CAN Film 1462802
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: Long-Moody, A.L., FHL US/CAN Film 1462803
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: Moody-Prater, M.A., FHL US/CAN Film 1462804
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: Prater-Skipper, A.M., FHL US/CAN Film 1462805
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: Skipper-U, FHL US/CAN Film 1462806
- Alabama state militia, 1820-1865: U-Z, FHL US/CAN Film 1462807
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|JimChumney||Misinterpreted "Vice" on Alabama Militia Cards||3||Dec 22 2011, 8:52 AM EST by Anonymous|
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I'm convinced that I misinterpreted the use of the term "Vice" on several Alabama Militia cards and am anxious to correct them all as soon as possible. A representative card is:
Hix, W. Ensign Com. Nov. 22nd '26 Vice Gibson Martin.
When I first encountered the use of Vice in the above context, I did some digging among military terminology and couldn't find anything concrete, and so, I guessed "Vice" must be short for Vice Commander. I am now certain my interpretation was wrong. Another definition for Vice is "In place of; replacing" which makes more sense.
So, using the example above, the correct interpretation is:
W. Hix was commissioned Ensign on November 22, 1826 replacing Gibson Martin.
This is further confirmed by Gibson Martin's Militia card which states he resigned his commission as Ensign on November 22, 1826 the same day that W. Hix was promoted to Ensign.
I verified a similar scenario exists for all other militiamen for which both militiamen have cards.
I'm convinced that I'm right this time, but I'm willing to admit that I could be wrong again. If anyone else has a better definition for Vice that fits the facts, please speak up before I barrel ahead.
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