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1861 N.C. Sess. Laws 25, Pub. and Priv. Laws, 2d. Extra Sess., Militia Bill, ch. 17, § 10.

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Every resident enrolled and notified, as is directed in the third section of this act, shall within one month thereafter, provide himself with a good musket, smooth bore gun or rifle, shot pouch and powder horn, and shall appear so armed and accoutred when called out to exercise or in actual service; the commissioned officers shall severally be armed with a sword or revolver at his discretion; and every resident so enrolled and providing himself with arms and accoutrements as herein directed, shall hold the same exempt form all writs, executions, or sales for debt or for the payment of taxes[.]