BALTIMORE INDEPENDENT CADETS
In 1774 the Baltimore Committee of observation formed the Baltimore
The Cadets were made up of some of the most respected young men
area and during the Revolutionary War many of them went into regular
Below is a statement that appears to be their by-laws.
"We, the Baltimore Independent Cadets, deeply impressed with a
sense of the unhappy condition our suffering brethren of Boston--of the
alarming conduct of General Gage--and the oppressive unconstitutional acts
of Parliament to deprive us of liberty, and enforce slavery on his Majesty's
loyal liege subjects of American in general; for the better security of
our lives, liberties, and property, under such alarming circumstances,
think it highly advisable and necessary that we form ourselves into a body
or company, in order to learn military discipline, and to act in defiance of our country, agreeable to the Resolves of the Continental Congress.
And first, as dutiful subjects t King George the 3rd, our Royal Sovereign,
we acknowledge all due allegiance, freedom and liberty of the Constitution.
Secondly, we resolve after a company of sixty men shall have voluntarily
subscribed their names to this paper, that public notice thereof shall
be given, and a meeting called to elect the officers of said company,
under whose command we desire to be let, and will strictly adhere to, under
all the sacred ties of honor, and the love and justice due to ourselves
and country; and in case of any emergency we will be ready to march to
the assistance of our sister colonies, at the discretion and direction
of our commanding officer so elected, and that in the space of forty-eight
hours notice from said officer. Thirdly, we agree and firmly resolve
to procure at our own expense, a uniform suit of clothes, (Regal.) Scarlet,
turned up with buff, and trimmed with yellow metal, or gold buttons, white
stockings, and black cloth half boots; likewise, a good gun with cartouche pouch, a pair of pistols, belt and cutlass, with four pounds of powder
and sixteen of lead, which shall be ready to equip ourselves with, on the
shortest notice. And if default shall be found in either of us, contrary
to the true intent and meaning of this engagement, we desire, and submit
ourselves to a trial by court martial, whom we hereby fully authorize and
empower to determine punishments, adequate to the crimes that may be committed,
but not to extend to corporal punishment. Given under our hands,
this third day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven
hundred and seventy-four."
Richard Cary, Jr.
John Smith, Jr.
N. Ruxton Moore
Caleb Shields David Evans
George Peter Keeport
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