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  •  Thanks for the wiki link (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, petral

    The article says,

    It conscripted every "free able-bodied white male citizen" between the ages of 18 and 45 into a local militia company overseen by the state. Militia members were required to arm themselves at their own expense with a musket, bayonet  and belt, two spare flints, a cartridge box with 24 bullets, and a knapsack.

    That seems like a pretty broad mandate imposed on every able-bodied white male to buy a whole kit from private businesses.

    BTW: There was considerable resistance to the idea of having to buy an expensive gun and accoutrements back then, too.

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