A fine of 5 pounds
- Does anyone know why the 1812 soldiers in the present day Burlington area would have been fined 5 pounds each from December 14 1812 to March 15 1813?
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- Hello Pauline,That was the fine for not turning out for muster or for going AWOL. Is there a particular name and regiment that you are searching? I am going through Militia pay lists right now and can have a look.Ron Dale
- The date period was the first quarter of the Army's year, oddly enough, so it sounds like a stoppages from pay - probably for lost kit - or possibly a fine for some military offence. Impossible to say any more exactly, I think, without going into unit records.
- I have seen fines levied against militiamen in Maryland for failure to appear at musters and these fines are almost always $5. To put this into perspective, a “fine riding horse” was advertised in the Frederick-town Herald dated December 26th, 1812 had its sale price listed as $20. So a fine for desertion from a muster was roughly ¼ of the price of a good riding horse. Imagine if a similar fine was issued today…1/4 the cost of lets say a 30K vehicle = OUCH!Your Obedient ServantRoger Thor RoopActing Sergeant and Chief Historical OfficerFrederick County Militia ♦ War of 18129th Brigade, 16th Regiment, 1st. Battalion, Maryland MilitiaCaptain George Washington McGee’s CompanyOn Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:16 PM, "petemonahan@..." <petemonahan@...> wrote:
The date period was the first quarter of the Army's year, oddly enough, so it sounds like a stoppages from pay - probably for lost kit - or possibly a fine for some military offence. Impossible to say any more exactly, I think, without going into unit records.
- Hi Pauline. I don't have a clear answer but the Militia Act had several regulations within it regarding fines. The one that seems most likely would be forinsubordination: NCOs and Privates who refused to obey lawful orders or abused their officers could be fined ranging from 10 shillings (minor offence such as quarrelling or abusive language) to 5 pounds (insubordination and refusal to obey orders) at the discretion of the local magistrate. That's my guess.Regards,Greg Carraro