The following is the organization rules for an early volunteer militia for Bourbon. All spellings and punctuation have been left uncorrected. From the Marshall County Museum.
May 13th 1854
Know all men by these Presents that we the undersigned Citizens of Marshall County and State of Indiana do hereby associate ourselves to geather into a volunteer Company or Military association to be known by the name of the Bourbon Light infantry company and to continue therein for the term of six years from this date unless sooner discharged by law and we do ordain and establish the following constitution and by laws by which we are to be governed
each member shall be uniformed as follows towit with fine Boots with red top pants white drilling pant aloons red sash at least six feet in length black or deep blue frock coat black Stock black glased cap and plait and ploom.
the said company shall meet at Bourbon for company drill of each year successive towit on the last Saturday of April May June August and September on the fourth day of July of every year and train according to the dissiplin of the United States.
the fines for none attendance of members shall be as follows to wit pr day for each commisioned officer not to exceed two dollars pr day for each none commisioned officer or private not to exceed one dollar pr day. Article 3rd (should be 4th) each commisioned officer who shall behave in an unofficer like manner while on paraid shall be fined one dollar and each non commisioned officer or private who shall behave in an unsoldierly like manner while on duty shall be fined fifty cts for each and every said affense.
any Member who shall get drunk While on duty if a commisioned officer shall be fined five dollars or if an uncommisioned officer or private two dollars and be liable to be discharged by the captain.
the fines and forfeiturs assessed of the company for delinquences shall be applied to the procureing of Music and camp equipage to pay the regular Musitions and to defray the other nessecary expenses of the said company.
there shal be a treasurer Elected who shall hold his office one year Who shall have power to collect all fines and forfeiture of members by action of Law or other-wise before any justice in the Township Where the delinquent may reside without regard to any releaf valueation Appraisment or exemption Lands what ever and shall be alowed twenty five pertcention on all money he may be compelled to collect.
there shall be no member taken in only by a vote of a magority of the Company and no member shall bee discharged on less by a vote of two thirds of the members.
a magority of two thirds of all the members may amend this constitution at any time no amendment shall ever be made to admit any person to become a member who is in the habit of getting drunk.
We authorise our names to be hereto annexed and Consider ourselves to be fully organised as agreed upon and have elected our officers as follows to wit this 27th day of May 1854 our hands the day and year above written as follows to wit
|John L. Hedrick, Captain||John Barnett|
|John E. Mooney, first Leut||Schuyler Miner|
|William Bennett, 2 Leut||Henry Houghman|
|William M C Whorter, S||William Johnston|
|Ralph Curry 2nd Sargent||Jesse Nidig|
|William Brouder, 3d||Edward Thompson|
|E. G. Melser 4th||Onis Ennis|
|Oliver Morris, Treasurer||Abreham Nidig|
|John MC Whorter, Drummer||J W Plummer|
|John Sharley||Robert Piper|
|John Nidig||Stephen Sharp|
|Joe Nail, first corprol||Ally C Boylor|
|Bengamin Johnston 2d||John Hall|
|Zachariah Senour 3d||T Lynn|
|William Gillospie 4th||J Lynn|
|Edward Osborn||Joseph Staley|
|Jacob Barkey||S. Miner|
|James E. Plummer||David Bonemger|
|James E. Perry||James Proffit|
|Peter Disher||Joseph Nidig|
|William Bowin||John G Bales|
|Jacob Henry||Arthur Lawrance|
|James Johnston||Loid Williams|
|William Sullavin||Sidney Hatfield|
|Ephram Cooper||Elisha Plummer|
|William A Apple||William T Plummer|
|Jonnathan D. Sanner||David Nidig|
|Orange (George?) E. Ecclestaffer||Jerremiah Herner|
|John Baxter||John Sullovin|
|John Phillops||Patterick Kincade|
|Loranso France||James Lynch|
|Joseph Thornburg||John Davis|
|Harmon Baylor||Jackson Bale|
|George Allen||Irey Linch|
|James Jinkens||Jesse Burkett|
|Samuel Mooney||William Parker|
|Abreham A. Nidig||John Seinour|
|B. F. Bemmett|
(Additional names added) September 16, 1854
|Manleus Joiner||Jeptha Disher|
|William Johnston||Solatheil Lightner|
|William B. Coldwel||Thomas M Curren|
|William Carter||Jonas C. Mooney|
|Charles Deviney||John Richmond|
|Jacob Shafer||Simon Lefferts|